How do you write your darkness without drowning in it? How do you write an original horror story while still respecting the tropes of the genre? Why are horror writers the nicest people around?!
Tim Waggoner gives some craft tips for writing horror, as well as thoughts on the current publishing and TV/film environment.
In the intro, Bookwire's report on audience behavior in the age of ebooks, audiobooks, and podcasts [Publishing Perspectives]; positive report on the ebook market during COVID19 [Written Word Media]; and library digital subscription and borrowing is up [The Guardian]; Google Play introduces promo codes; Reflections on the end of the general trade concept from Mike Shatzkin and what a possible big publishing merger might bring; The end of the summer blockbuster and a changing model for the film industry, which is reflected in the indie author business model [Kristine Kathryn Rusch].
Plus, my solo episode on Walk Your Own Race: Lessons Learned from Walking a 50km Ultra-Marathon, and photos from my 6-day pilgrimage at Instagram @jfpennauthor.
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Tim Waggoner is the best selling and Bram Stoker award-winning author of over 50 novels and 7 short story collections across dark fantasy and horror, as well as writing tie-ins. He's also a professor of creative writing at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. His latest book for authors is Writing in the Dark, on the craft of writing horror fiction.
You can listen above or on your favorite podcast app or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and the full transcript below.
- How exploring our darkness means we don’t have to be afraid of it
- Why it’s important not to re-traumatize yourself when writing
- The variety that exists within the horror genre
- Ideas for elevating horror writing
- Finding empathy for your villains
- How to be original while using horror tropes
- The future of horror in the publishing marketplace
- Writing movie and television tie-in books
You can find Tim Waggoner at TimWaggoner.com and on Twitter @timwaggoner