As a professional writers association established to help path the way and support Australasian based horror and dark fantasy authors it should come as no secret that the Australasian Horror Writers Association are constantly asked for advice on how a newcomer will be able to improve their writing style and efforts.
While we attempt to support everyone’s writing career and continue to wish them all the best of luck, most of our in-depth and hands-on advice is usually reserved for those that are members of the Australasian Horror Writers Association (‘AHWA’).
However, in saying that we feel an obligation to assist and support anyone even remotely interested in getting into authorship which is why we would like to recommend to anyone, and everyone thinking about becoming an author to obtain a copy of, and read, the book Writers on Writing Volume 1-4 by Crystal Lake Publishing.
This is a ‘how-to guide’ for authors and has gone a long way to improving many directly involved in our association, and those currently sitting on the fringes of joining.
While most will recommend reading an old ‘how-to’ guide that features articles by some of the biggest names in the horror industry including none other than Stephen King, the fact is that book was published before the times of self-publishing, before Amazon, before Smashwords, and when you were forced to rely on agents and publishing agents to have the same vision for your book.
At the end of the day, anything that works towards improving your own writing is always a positive thing for your career. However, the Crystal Lake Publishing book ‘Writers on Writing Volume 1-4’ is more up-to-date and more aware of the challenges facing today’s authors.
The book includes:
- The Infrastructure of the Gods by Brian Hodge;
- The Writer’s Purgatory by Monique Snyman;
- Why Rejection is Still Important by Kevin Lucia;
- Real Writers Steal Time by Mercedes M. Yardley;
- What Right Do I Have to Write by Jasper Bark;
- Go Pace Yourself by Jack Ketchum;
- A Little Infusion of Magic by Dave-Brendon de Burgh;
- Confronting Your Fears in Fiction by Todd Keisling;
- Once More with Feeling by Tim Waggoner;
- Embracing Your Inner Shitness by James Everington;
- The Forgotten Art of Short Story by Mark Allan Gunnells;
- Adventures in Teaching Creative Writing by Lucy A. Snyder;
- Submit (to psychology) for Acceptance by Daniel I. Russell;
- Character Building by Theresa Derwin;
- Heroes and Villains by Paul Kane;
- Do Your Worst by Jonathan Winn;
- Creating Effective Characters by Hal Bodner;
- Fictional Emotions; Emotional Fictions by James Everington;
- Home Sweet Home by Ben Eads;
- You by Kealan Patrick Burke;
- The art of becoming a book reviewer by Nerine Dorman;
- Treating Fiction like a Relationship by Jonathan Janz;
- How to Write Killer Poetry by Stephanie M. Wytovich;
- Happy Little Trees by Michael Knost;
- In Lieu of Patience Bring Diversity by Kenneth W. Cain;
- Networking is Scary, but Essential by Doug Murano;
- Are You In The Mood? by Sheldon Higdon;
- What if Every Novel is a Horror Novel? by Steve Diamond;
- Description by Patrick Freivald;
- A First-time Novelist’s Odyssey by William Gorman;
- I Am Setting by J.S. Breukelaar;
- Finding Your Voice by Lynda E. Rucker.
Reading each of these topics will not only help you improve your writing style if you are interested in becoming an author, but will give you the opportunity to understand what your favorite authors go through as they are piecing their stories together for you.