9 Writing tips from the King of horror
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
3. What if?
“The most interesting situations can usually be expressed as a what-if question.”
“The best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event.”
Well, that’s confusing. Not really. The trick is to start writing around the situation. As you write and fill out your characters, their personalities will evolve and solidify. They will become the most important part of your story, naturally, and you will fall in love with them. And so will your reader!
6. Ideal reader
“Call that one person you write for IDEAL READER. He or she is going to be in your writing room all the time.”
Your imaginary friend or frenemy. Your biggest critic and your biggest fan. Don’t write in the way that you think you should write, because the market wants it, or it’s a trend, or some archaic writing rules are dictating your style. Create your ideal reader in your head, and write for them and them alone.
8. Plain English
“Never use ’emolument’ when you mean ‘tip’.”
Simple. Don’t try to be fancy. Use relatable, authentic language that is true to your situation, voice, and your characters.
9. Your WHY
“If you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.”
And finally: Why are you writing? Does it really make you happy? Interrogate your own motivations and make sure you are writing it for the right reasons. If you really love it, you can do it forever.