I’ve kind of been writing in a vacuum, so I’ve avoid most advice, but one time a professor said to take things one step further, one step scarier once at the end to have more impact. That’s been a good nugget of wisdom and I now do it without really thinking about.
Hide and seek is a game that lends itself to horror, but almost always, its something terrible doing the seeking. What if the hiding was the terrible thing? That’s what I wanted to explore.
Within horror and dark fiction there are so many different types of stories that you can work with. If you feel like writing something paranormal there is space for that, if you want something more grounded in reality, there’s room for that too.
We live in a terrifying world–one founded on violence, exploitation and oppression. If I’m going to write about the world we’re in, I’m going to end up writing horror. And SF, to be plausible, has to either engage with this fact or talk about how it could be overcome.
The worst advice I ever got was “Villains need a reason to be villains.” I reject this idea. There are people who do awful things “just because” all the time. The best advice I ever got, “Write first for yourself.” No matter what story I write, it is for me first. If other people enjoy the ride, awesome! Road trips are more fun with friends.
The world is full of strange landmarks, strange objects propped up against basement walls, and disturbing ideas. Horror inspiration comes easier than oxygen.
There’s this manic rollercoaster that comes with writing where you’re up and up, then suddenly crashing towards the ground, only to bank to the left and go back up. It gives you emotional and creative whiplash…
I don’t think writers should focus so much on being careful. I think writers should try to be very brave.
“It’s not so scary in the dark. Turns out I have friends there.”
I like the possibility for the broader, more complicated world that fantasy implies. Sometimes that means I veer toward horror and dark stories.