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How I write: Horror

The horror writer co-opts the reader’s imagination to scare the pants off them. Violation, possession, mutation, confinement and insignificance are all terrifying. Engaging the character’s senses engages the reader’s emotions. The protocols of horror can be adopted for other genres.

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How I write: Crime

Crime stories revolve around resolving a mystery. The nature of the crime may illustrate the society it happens in. The mystery format can drive stories that are not about a crime. Crime and mystery fiction demands more attention to plot

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How I write: Historical fiction

Historical stories are born of interest in a particular time and place. Story-specific research is necessary as the story develops. Details of the setting and dialogue make a story feel authentic, but overdoing it will lose the reader. Period-specific objects

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How I write: Fantasy

Fantasy has many subgenres, the commonest being epic and urban. Fantasy tropes can be deconstructed and subverted while retaining the power that made them tropes. The reader of a fantasy story will assume anything is possible unless shown it isn’t.

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How I write: Science fiction

An idea drawn from current science or politics is likely to end up being science fiction. The story needs characters impacted by the idea and a situation that forces them to confront it. A story set in the present can

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