#BookReview Writing Dark Stories by @RayneHall #HowTo #wwwBlogs

Title: Writing Dark Stories

Author: Rayne Hall

Category: Non-Fiction/How-To

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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My Review:

Rayne Hall was one of the first writers I followed on Twitter and one of the first to engage with me in a meaningful way. She always replied to any tweets, was quick to reciprocate when I promoted her books, and always ready with an answer if I was stuck (on tweeting or writing!)

Thanks to this positive interaction I decided to see what Rayne’s books were all about. She writes horror and fantasy (a huge tick in the box for me), she also has a black cat (we’re practically soul sisters!), but it was her Writer’s Craft Series that hooked me in. Over the years I have added every new release to my growing collection and find them to be a valuable resource.

Writing Dark Stories is aimed at short story writers. However, I found all the tips easy to transfer to a full-length novel. Rayne covers what ‘dark’ stories mean, as well as including an outline about the different genres within this writing community. There is a wonderful breakdown of chapters concentrating on specific villains, from the human variety right through to vampires, monsters, and even ghosts.

As with all of Rayne’s how-to books, she includes assignments throughout to test your knowledge. She uses her own short stories as an example so you can see how to use these new found writing skills.

As a fantasy writer, I found this book to be incredibly helpful, not just for evolving my writing skills, but for the abundance of ideas, I got from reading it. My favourite chapter was about feeding your fiction with your fears, a practical way to use what frightens you and build your stories around this. Although I have read a few books on publication and sales, I found the marketing section in this book to be beneficial – it never hurts to remind yourself how to market your beloved book, or indeed, why you wrote it in the first place.

“Write only what excites you, or your fiction will lack power and sincerity” Rayne Hall.

As always, I made loads of notes, and brainstormed far too many ideas that I’m sure I’ll never have time to write! Another winning book from Rayne Hall.

Blurb:

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

2. WHY THE TITLE IS A STRONG START

3. WRITING BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS

4. FIFTEEN MASTER PLOTS

5. DARK FICTION AND HORROR GENRES

6.  POINT OF VIEW

7. MANAGING TENSION

8. BUILDING SUSPENSE

9. HOW TO SCARE YOUR READERS

10. CREEPY LOCATIONS

11. MAKE THE MOST OF THE WEATHER

12. HOW TO OPEN YOUR STORY

13. HOW TO END YOUR STORY

14. VILLAINS AND MONSTERS

15. GHOST STORIES

16. VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, ZOMBIES

17. RELIGIOUS HORROR

18. Why Do People Read Horror Fiction?

19. MARKETING AND PUBLICATION

20. SAMPLE STORIES WITH COMMENTS

 

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13 comments

  1. I think that Rayne’s level of activity on social media has added to her presence in the writing world. I’m sure her fans appreciate that she is so accessible and willing to answer whatever questions they may have. It seems that even your decision to delve into her books was inspired by a little bit of “Rayne Magic.” Great review and I hope that you will continue to find useful tidbits in her books 🙂

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  2. I so agree with Rayne that the author should write about what excites him/her. It’s possible to write from imagination of course but the thing is that the reader feels the deception. They understand that those are not genuine feelings and emotions and it makes them doubt almost everything in the book as a result.
    So writing from own excitement and experience is really important. Both for the writer and the reader.

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