K. D. Dowdall

Pen and Paper

 

KC, once again you are writing something that mostly, heretofore, has not been articulated in such away to make one realize that reading Horror novels as a serious way of learning better writing skills is so important, because it is the only genre that specializes in developing intense tension, keeping it’s readers on the edge of their seats, knowing all the while that it is a Horror novel they are reading. This type of writing must be believable in order for horror to work, and that takes mega writing skills. Thank you, KC – Awesome writing!

Zombie Salmon (the Horror Continues)

There are many reasons to read a great Horror novel: to scare yourself, to scare your parents, or to scare your teachers. But there is one reason that – if you write – you might not have considered: Reading great Horror novels can teach you how to write great Horror.

Seemed obvious, didn’t it?

So why doesn’t “just” reading a great Horror novel beget great writing?

The answer is: there are different ways to read fiction; you can read as the intended audience, you can read as a Critic, and you can read as a writer. And if you don’t understand the difference, you can’t put the writerly gifts hidden in Classic Horror to work.

Reading as the intended audience is easy. You pick up the book and let it take you someplace else; this is entertainment in its purest form and all control is relinquished to the author’s storytelling…

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10 thoughts on “Reading Like a Writer: Horror Through Slime-Covered Glasses

  1. Thank you for sharing, posts like these are so beneficial to writers!

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    1. Kim, Thank you, and KC is a great writer. I love her essays. Karen 🙂

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      1. My pleasure and yes, KC’s writing is magical…I have read one or two of her essays…they never fail to spark my imagination!

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      2. Kim, exactly, I feel the same way too, she always sparks my imagination and learning. I must say, though, your writing does the same thing for me. Both of you are incredible, articulate, creative, and awesome writers! Karen

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      3. Wow, this just blows me away…thank you for these wonderful words, I’m so grateful for readers like you!

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  2. Thank you for both the compliment and the reblog, K.D… I appreciate the huge vote of confidence!

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    1. KC, let me say that you are one of the most accomplished, erudite of writers I know, and you give us some the of the best teachable moments when reading your writing. This is true without doubt. My pleasure, and I can’t say enough about your writing. Karen 🙂

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      1. I am still available for adoption….Just sayin’!

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      2. KC…that is such a cute comment…Just sayin’!
        K D 🙂

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  3. KC,,,that is the funniest, cutest thing to say! You certainly made me burst out laughing! Thank you, Karen 🙂

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