Writing Scary: How to Use Pacing, Sentence Structure, and Word Choice to Scare the Pants Off Your Readers Video Download

Writing Scary: How to Use Pacing, Sentence Structure, and Word Choice to Scare the Pants Off Your Readers Video Download

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In this tutorial, The New York Times best-selling author and veteran editor Philip Athans, author of Writing Monsters (Writer’s Digest Books, 2014) and The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction (Adams Media 2010), provides you with the know-how to give everyone who enters your fictional world a satisfyingly good scare. He gets into some hands-on techniques for using wordplay to build suspense, evoke fear, and thrill your readers. We'll look at how people read and how to use that to the best effect. And just in time for Halloween!

This 69-minute tutorial covers:

  • Reading, breathing, and the long sentence
  • Fear, panic, and the short sentence
  • Staging the reveal, or: What to show when
  • Using punctuation for shock and awe
  • Examples from some of the scariest authors on the planet

Learn the tricks to treat your readers to a good scare!

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