Essentials Of Genre Writing: Part II – Paranormal

This is a guest blog by Yawatta Hosby, writer and blogger. This post is the second of a 2-part series on the basics of genre writing. Over to Yawatta.

I’d like to thank Hemanth for letting me be a guest on his blog again! Last week, I talked about writing thrillers. This week, I’d like to follow that discussion with writing for the paranormal genre.

The paranormal and thriller genres seem to be really hot right now. If you’re a writer wishing to write in any of these genres, there are some hygiene factors you may need to ensure. Apart from this, make sure you do more research on the topic, and marry it with your imagination. This is Part II of this blog post series where we will look at the paranormal genre.

First and foremost, if you have very interesting characters, you should consider creating a series. Each book should end in a cliffhanger. The paranormal genre lends itself very well to sequels where the main character(s) go through different challenges or grapple with situations which are outcomes of the prequel.

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Essentials Of Genre Writing: Part I – Thrillers

This is a guest blog by Yawatta Hosby, writer and blogger. This post is the first of a 2-part series on the basics of genre writing. Over to Yawatta.

Thank you, Hemanth, for allowing me to be a guest on your blog again!

The paranormal and thriller genres seem to be really hot right now. If you’re a writer wishing to write in any of these genres, there are some hygiene factors you may need to ensure. Apart from this, make sure you do more research on the topic, and marry it with your imagination. This is Part I of this blog post series where we will look at the thriller genre.

Firstly, make sure you raise the stakes. Have the heroes and villains be intelligent enough so that neither can upstage the other easily. If readers are constantly worried about the good guys’ safety, then they will stay entertained. If something is solved, then create a new problem that needs to be fixed. A resolution shouldn’t occur until the ending.

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Social Media in the Modern Narrative

This is a guest blog by Alex Hurst, author of The Bell Tower. Over to Alex.

A strange notification on your feed. A stranger trying to add you on Facebook. Being ‘followed’ by a macabre avatar on Twitter.

In our lives, these small events happen daily, and they are usually brushed off or even encouraged by a massive online community that does little to protect privacy or the locations of its members.

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What Draws Readers To Paranormal Writing And Thrillers?

This is a guest blog by Yawatta Hosby, writer and blogger. Over to Yawatta.

Reading is fun because you get to escape every day life. You’re able to get lost in a fantasy world for a couple of hours (for the fast readers) or a few days (for the leisure readers).

I’m a huge fan of reading different genres. Are you? Depending on the mood I want to engage in, I’ll read a certain genre. Thrillers for excitement. Romance for warm fuzzies. Mysteries for curiosity. You get the picture.

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