Masterpost of Tips and Inspiration for Horror Writers
This isn’t a comprehensive list - only the ones I actually found helpful and worth the time it took to read them. None of the original posts are mine; I just collected them. Feel free to send me other links if you find any and want me to add them.
The bare bones: horror writing tips
- how do I start writing horror fiction?
- what makes horror horrifying?
- the seeds of horror
- 25 things you should know about writing horror
- 13 tips for writing horror fiction
- 5 elements of a good horror story
- 20 tips for writing the perfect horror short story
- creating an environment for a horror story
- getting the best out of your bad guys
- leaving your monster in the closet
- plot and character in horror fiction
- horror plot cliches and top 5 overused horror settings
- how to write horror
- classic structure of the horror novel
- generic horror vs. innovative horror
- 8 ways to pile on the fear in your horror fiction
- what makes for a great thriller?
Genre tips (only listen to these if you care more about your audience than being a literary writer)
- the line between horror and dark fantasy
- what today’s readers want and what today’s readers don’t want
- horror subgenres
Not horror-specific, but helpful nonetheless
- 25 ways to fuck with your characters
- 25 steps to edit the unmerciful suck out of your story
- 5 ways to make your novel hopelessly addictive
Prompts and inspiration, in case you’re stuck on your plot or need motivation for a scene