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How To Create A Creepy, Spooky Atmosphere in Your Writing by Rayne Hall
Are you crafting a ghost story, a thriller, a horror novel or a paranormal romance? Here's a trick for turning up the both the creep factor and the suspense.
Insert noises and sound effects into your writing.
● Sounds created by the characters' movements: Gravel crunched under my feet. Heavy steps thudded down the stairs. The key rattled in the lock. The door screeched open.
● Background noises: In the distance a card door slammed and a motor whined. Water gurgled down a drain in the wall.
● Weather noises: The wind rattled the shutters and whined in the chimney. Rain hammered against the window panes.
● Sound of voices: Her voice sounded like a dentist's drill, high-pitched and persistent. He had the low, mesmerising voice of a stage hypnotist.
In fast-paced scenes, use only sounds created by movements. In sections where you want slow pace but high suspense, insert sentences about background noises.

Rayne Hall writes dark fantasy and creepy horror fiction. A black cat  - adopted from a rescue shelter - snuggles between her arms while she writes.

She is the author of more than sixty books, including the bestselling Writer's Craft series (20 titles, including Writing Scary Scenes, Writing Deep Point of View, Writing Vivid Settings, Writing Dark Stories) and editor of the Ten Tales fantasy and horror anthologies.


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Be a Supporter by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Being a writer is a struggle sometimes. From writing to publishing to marketing, we run into challenges. We need help.

The best thing we can do is support one another. And no matter who we are or where we live, there are many ways we can do that:

  • Be a critique partner
  • Be a beta reader
  • Join writer’s groups and go to conventions
  • Share our knowledge on writing, marketing, etc.
  • Share new releases with others online
  • Interview authors or feature them online
  • Recommend books to family and friends
  • Attend author events
  • Buy books for ourselves and as gifts
  • Review books we enjoyed
  • Send fan emails

We might not be able to do all of that, but most of us can do at least half of that.

And the support we pour forth always comes back to us.

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We are trying to get the IWSG site listed as one of Writer’s Digest’s Top 100 Best Websites for Writers!

Please email them at with the subject line "101 Websites" and suggest the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Include our link:

We appreciate your support!


3 Tips to Avoid Mistakes with Writing Contests

Horror Writing:
- 17 Ways To Write A Terrifyingly Good Horror Story
- How To Write A Pet The Puppy Scene For Dark Characters
The Horror of the Subtle Psychopath

Thriller Writing:
- Psychic Ability in Crime Fiction
How to Stay Sane When Writing About Dark Topics In Thriller and Mystery Novels
- Anatomy of an Evidence Room
- 20 Survival Tips for Real and Fictional Officers

Fantasy Writing:

- Fantasy Writing Tips
Top 10 Fantasy Writing Tips From George R.R. Martin
- The Logistics of World Building: Algebra for Fantasy Writers
- 5 Essential Elements Every Fantasy Novel Needs

Science Fiction Writing:
- Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy - Online Course
10 Writing "Rules" We Wish More Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Would Break
- 6 Books on Writing Science Fiction Compared

Stephen Tremp writes Speculative Fiction and embraces science and the supernatural to help explain the universe and our place in it. He writes one-of-a-kind thrillers. His novels are enhanced by discoveries, breakthroughs, and current events in many fields of science. He is the author of Salem's Daughters, a supernatural thriller full of murder, terror, and some very bad witch cats. On his blog, he often talks about space and the paranormal.

Check out his blog: Stephen Tremp's Blog

Myths and Folklore: Finding Old Stories to Make New by Bish Denham

Retelling fairy tales and myths is quite popular. But where can a writer find a new story when it seems all the big ones, like those from Greek or Norse mythologies, have been used?

Stories exist all over the globe. What about exploring Central American and African mythology? Look at the creation myths from different Native American tribes. There are stories in Appalachia and the Louisiana bayous. Rich tales can be mined from Mongolia and Tibet. Think of what might be hidden in the jungles of Thailand! And who made these hand prints in Argentina and why?

One place to find names of mythological deities, monsters, and places from all over the world is Encyclopedia Mythica. There is also THIS SITE which lists books on world mythology. And THIS electronic collection of folklore and mythology is available at the University of Pittsburg. Search the web using key words like folklore, fairy tales, or world mythologies. Or pick a country: folklore from Tibet, fairytales from Russia, African mythology.

There is no end to the possibilities. Whatever story you choose, the object is to have fun as you retell a story that’s been told since the beginning of time.



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