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Writing Cosmic Horror ==================================================================== In today's episode, we're talking about cosmic horror. What is it? It is a sub genre of horror fiction that really emphasizes the unknown or the unknowable. It's the cosmic horror of elements outside of us, outside of our humanity. It makes us question our humanity, existential dread the fragility of our own humanity. It's essentially like we're facing a monster. That's pretty much incomprehensible. Cosmic horror is also known as Lovecraftian horror. So if you're familiar with HP Lovecraft, his type of writing is the cosmic horror type of writing. Can I write good cosmic horror? Remember that it doesn't have to be, quote/unquote good. It has to be entertaining. Don't pressure yourself with a thought of it needing to be good. It's taking a step back and trying to describe something that's not describable. So keep that in mind. Recently we had “Bird Box” with Sandra Bullock. That was a really good example of cosmic horror. And why is that? Because we never actually see what this thing is. 4 Tips for Writing Cosmic Horror Not to describe the entity Have it in your mind, it could totally be like really fleshed out in your head, but try not to actually go into the depths of writing , Like the detailed limbs hair, et cetera. It's totally cool if you have that picture, but for your reader, keep it a mystery and describe them in a way that's challenging so that you're leaving them hanging. Tangible Monster This is a real thing. It might be abstract but there is something that the main character is facing. The bigger question is something outside of humanity, but meanwhile, there is a very real monster for your protag to face. Use the senses Write out that first draft of what you think it looks like, but then start taking out the actual details and use your senses instead. So rely on what the thing smells like, what it sounds like, what it feels like if a character actually gets a chance to feel the thing, maybe it's sleeping or something.So use your senses instead of painting pictures. That is going to really heighten the sense for the reader. And that's really important .Remember that when we paint the picture, we can't really relate to it. So keep that in mind. Consider the main character wisely So we have a great advantage as authors to choose what point of view you're going to have and who is going to be our protagonist. You can have multiple points of view. You can have switching points of view. Totally cool!. But when you're getting into the scary, the nitty gritty, like vital points of story, conflict or information, use your characters as tools because it can look different. So when you actually dive into your work and after you write your first draft or during your first draft, if you feel like, this is going to be really terrifying from this specific person's point of view, then use it. So I hope that helps . Remember that some of these tips also can work in other genres.So you all keep that in mind and we are so excited for your writing! Another thing that I found out recently is that you can enter small writing contests in the reedsy.com website ( https://reedsy.com/ ). I'm not affiliated with them in any way but I came across the resource and if you guys want some more motivation, this can work great. I guess they hold sporadic writing contests. So if you want to check that out, I’d tell you it's a pretty cool resource for you guys. I'm looking forward to hearing what you write. Remember that your work, and even if it's scary or it's romantic, it's still your work and it deserves to be out in the world. Book your one hour writing breakthrough today! Your book deserves to be told! https://calendly.com/howtowriteabookpodcast/coach
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In this episode, we tackle how to write about yourself as an author. When do we need to write about ourselves and how to get over the terror that builds inside us. Buy me a Beer! If you like the show, leave a review or cheers with me! Buy me a Beer :) Cheers!
In today's episode, we're talking about: Critical voice. What is critical voice and what does it to you? Ways to overcome critical voice and why you should not always listen to it. Tips and tricks to navigate around critical voice. What Dean Wesley Smith says about critical voice and how to use that for your writing. Don't be like the 80% who want to but never write their book. Book a coaching session now. Go to www.themassiel.com
Get your free hour today! www.themassiel.com/freehour Topics in this episode: Prompt: You go into the future 50 years and see something you thought impossible. Return in time to tell yourself all about it. Motivation: Brought to you by my dear friend, Trish Blackwell. A leap of faith requires a gap. It wouldn't be faith if there wasn't a gap. 3 TIPS TO GET STARTED WRITING TODAY You must believe and visualize. Decide. Making the decision will open you to possibilities. Schedule it into your calendar. Use time blocks, not expectations. https://zapier.com/blog/daily-schedules-for-productivity/ I want you to have success! You need to write this book. You deserve to have your words out in the world and others deserve to hear it. Grab a free coaching session with me for a full hour to tackle your toughest problems and get you writing today! www.themassiel.com/freehour
Upgrading my dictation Prompt for the week: You wake up in the middle of a dream. But, you can control every aspect of this dream and you start with a cup of wine in your hand. What happens next? Motivation: “Art is anything you can get away with.” – Andy Warhol I want to talk about tech startups when doing dictation. First you might start off with some free apps. This might include a Google Docs, voice apps on your phone, some transcription services that might be inexpensive. You might jump into what I did next. Which includes getting a recording device and headphones. And lastly, my latest improvement. This includes the microphone that I have on my desk, which is primarily used for podcasting but I have been training my Dragon on this for a while. This makes this the ideal microphone for dictation and I am also using Audacity My results I would say it’s probably about 97 to 98% correct now. http://themassiel.com/workbook/
Topics in this podcast: Importance of help to finding clarity and focus Use resources and find people you like Remember they should not shame or bring you down Books, library cards, podcasts, YouTube Getting advice from authors you admire Conferences like the Smarter Artist Summit and 20Booksto50K Accountability Get the UNLOCK YOUR CREATIVITY WORKBOOK http://themassiel.com/workbook/ GET A FREE 30 MIN BOOK CONSULTING FROM MASSIEL https://calendly.com/massiel-valenzuela/30min
Topics covered in this episode: Consider blogging as writing Start your site, free or not but you can use it as accountability Getting into the practice of writing Learning your voice Creating a routine Sharing your voice and getting comfortable with criticism DON'T CHANGE YOUR VOICE Learning how to publish and let go WORKBOOK (www.themassiel.com/workbook) www.themassiel.com/workbook
Topics in this episode: The importance of finishing. Short stories build confidence. Setting benchmarks. Using "Parts" to finish your story. The Quarantine. @massielwrites email@example.com
In this episode we talk about the latest updates to the How to Write a Book Podcast. Coming up is a new format including shorter but more frequent episodes. We are making updates to the website! We talk about the current story collection that I am working on! And we are now on Facebook! facebook.com/groups/howtowriteabookpodcast/
HAPPY HALLOWEEN WRITERS! It's that favorite time of year when the ghouls, ghosts, and gravely intimidating word counts creep up! But today, we prep and get all kinds of excited for NANOWRIMO that starts tomorrow. So get ready, get spooky, and get writing! www.themassiel.com
You're a writer, so you've probably heard of National Novel Writing Writing Month or NANOWRIMO? But is it for you? How do you even begin? In this episode, we talk all about NANOWRIMO, how to do it, and WHY you should do both as a beginner and as a pro already. Get ready for November! Visit www.nanowrimo.org For more: www.themassiel.com
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In today's episode we explore some crazy a$$ writing! Can you write a book in seven days? It's totally possible and it's an awesome confidence booster! You just need a plan of attack! Find out the schedule I used to write my post apocalyptic book in just one week! www.themassiel.com
Did you listen to Part 1 where we talked about normal outlines, well, now we dive into creative and visual outlines! In today's episode we talk about 3 ways to create outlines with visual means. Find out how to get that outline done! www.themassiel.com
What is a Beta reader? Find out how to find a beta reader and what questions to ask your book's beta readers. Why should you use them and when? In today's show we go over all the details on how to make your book better with a beta reader! For the show notes: Go to www.themassiel.com
In today's episode, we talk about using preorders for deadlines! Do you have trouble finishing your book? Do you constantly miss your self-imposed deadlines?
Today, find out why you should be using preorders! How to use them and why they have helped me finish my own books!
In today's episode, we talk about romance!
Wow, it's a big topic with lots of different genres and tropes. But first, what is romance? How do you know what you're writing is truly a romance?
Find out today and see what it takes to make a kissing book!
In today's episode, we talk about what you, the writer, are going to get from from this show.
We talk about why you're a writer and why that non-fiction or fiction book is important to write and share into the world.
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