[Under $1] Writing Dark Stories (Writer’s Craft Book 6) (2/03)

Under $1 ” love Rayne’s style of writing, and as I delve back into story writing of my own, I will definitely have this book on hand to refer to.”

Writing Dark Stories (Writer’s Craft Book 6)
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Learn to haunt your readers with powerful, chilling tales. Make their spines tingle with anticipation and their skins crawl with delicious fear. Disturb their world-view and invite them to look into the dark corners of their own souls. 

This book gives you a wealth of tools and techniques for writing great short stories. It is part of the acclaimed Writer’s Craft series. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Introduction 
1. FEED YOUR FICTION WITH YOUR FEARS 
Places. Weird Shudders. Phobias. Childhood Fears. Dreams. Human Attitudes. Ordinary Things. 
Assignment. 
2. WHY THE TITLE IS A STRONG START 
Gathering Ideas. Assignment. 
3. WRITING BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS 
Now Write. Prompts. The Freewriting Experience. Assignment. 
4. FIFTEEN MASTER PLOTS 
Plot Ideas You Can Use. Assignment. 
5. DARK FICTION AND HORROR GENRES 
Horror. Splatterpunk. Extreme Horror. Psychological Horror. Dystopian. Lovecraftian. Thriller. 
Mystery. Dark Fiction. Supernatural. Paranormal. Paranormal Romance. Dark Fantasy. Urban 
Fantasy. Gothic. Erotic Horror. Horror Comedy. Romantic Suspense. Steampunk. Ghost Stories. 
Slipstream. Speculative Fiction. Weird Fiction. Flash Fiction. Slice-of-Life. Cross-Genre. 
Collection. Anthology. Assignment. 
6.  POINT OF VIEW 
Deep PoV Techniques. Serial Point of View. Omniscient Point of View. Other Point of View Styles. 
Assignment. 
7. MANAGING TENSION 
Goal. Raising the Stakes. Conflicts Among Characters. Peaks and Troughs. Assignment. 
8. BUILDING SUSPENSE 
Pose a Question. The Ticking Clock. Pacing. The Door Opens. Assignment. 
9. HOW TO SCARE YOUR READERS 
Darkness. Sounds. Chill. Isolation. Meet the Monster. Get Visceral. The Gory Bits. Assignment. 
10. CREEPY LOCATIONS 
Select the Setting. Inspiring Pictures. How to Describe the Setting. Practical Research. Setting 
Research Checklist. Assignment. 
11. MAKE THE MOST OF THE WEATHER 
Create Atmosphere. Deepen the PoV. Make it Difficult for the Characters. Strained Tempers. Mood 
and Foreboding. Beware the Pathetic Fallacy. Collecting Descriptions. Assignment. 
12. HOW TO OPEN YOUR STORY 
Opening with Setting Description. Opening with Dialogue. Opening While All Seems Well with the 
World. Assignment. 
13. HOW TO END YOUR STORY 
Endings to Avoid. Seven Possible Endings. Leave Questions in the Reader’s Mind. Assignment. 
14. VILLAINS AND MONSTERS 
Human Villains: Clichés to Avoid. Motivation. Depth. Describing the Villain. Monsters: Reveal it 
Bit by Bit. Keep it Plausible. Assignment. 
15. GHOST STORIES 
Plot and Backstory. Setting and Mood. Characters and Point of View. Assignment. 
16. VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, ZOMBIES 
Vampires: Sparkling Versus Traditional. Vampire Tropes. Fiction Ideas. Werewolves: Werewolf 
Tropes. Questions to Consider. Zombies: How Zombies are Made. Zombie Tropes. Fiction Ideas. 
Beware the Bite-Hiders. Assignment. 
17. RELIGIOUS HORROR 
Horror in Holy Books. Faith Versus Fear. Religious Historical Horror. Unbelievers Meet Scary 
Gods. Stories Presenting Religion as Evil. Writing About Other Faiths. Controversy. Assignment. 
18. Why Do People Read Horror Fiction? 
Seven Psychological Reasons. Assignment. 
19. MARKETING AND PUBLICATION 
Traditional Publishing. Markets. Rights. Payment. Self-Publishing. Trends. Assignments. 
20. SAMPLE STORIES WITH COMMENTS 
Burning. Seagulls. Only A Fool. 
DEAR READER 

This book uses British English.
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