The Perfect Title: Tips to Picking a Great Title for Your Story

There are three things that draw the attention of potential readers to a book in a bookstore. Cover, author, and title. Covers must appear attractive, eye-catching. Familiarity with authors’ names can prompt purchases. But titles are important for many reasons. A good title must both draw the reader in and be something familiar. Often from … Continue reading The Perfect Title: Tips to Picking a Great Title for Your Story

15 Tips to be a Better Writer

Read books that challenge you Whether it challenges your beliefs (opening your mind to new cultures, places, and people) or your vocabulary, reading books that you wouldn’t usually read is a great way of deepening your own writing. Write every day This is a tip you hear a lot, but I’ll expand it a bit. … Continue reading 15 Tips to be a Better Writer

Unique Places to Set a Horror Story

If you’ve read and watched as many horror stories as I have, you’ll know that creators love to set their plots around really creepy places, like haunted houses and asylums. But let’s face it: the same old setting can get a wee bit repetitive because few authors seem to find new, unique settings. So today … Continue reading Unique Places to Set a Horror Story

True Stories Behind Fairytales

Growing up, children love listening to fairytales or watching the many film adaptations of said tales. However, let’s face it. The majority of these stories have no semblance to reality. In many cases, these famous legends have been passed down for centuries as cautionary tales against being selfish, cruel, or any other vice. However, many … Continue reading True Stories Behind Fairytales

Scaring a Reader: Techniques to Create Terrifying Horror Stories

For over a century, authors such as Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe have been scaring people with truly bone-chilling horror fiction. If you, like me, love to both watch and read horror (whether historical or modern), you will be aware that certain tropes are used a lot in this particular genre (like the absurd … Continue reading Scaring a Reader: Techniques to Create Terrifying Horror Stories

The Dangerous Method of Passive Protagonists

There are many types of characters in fiction—villain, mentor, etc.—and each is important to any story. But none is more important than that of the protagonist.  A Protagonist, after all, is the person which the conflict and action focuses around (not to be confused with the narrator, as The Great Gatsby has proven). They are … Continue reading The Dangerous Method of Passive Protagonists

Top 9 Gothic Romance Novelists

Romance novels in the U.S. make more money than any other genre, despite often being some of the most stereotypical and repetitive books. Why is this? Some people say it’s because we in America prefer to live in fantasy relationships over real relationships. I personally think this is not a true. Instead, people (mostly women) … Continue reading Top 9 Gothic Romance Novelists