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- Publisher: Rayne Hall; Writer's Craft edition (January 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008IEJTSE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Writing Scary Scenes: Professional Techniques for Thrillers, Horror and Other Exciting Fiction (Writer's Craft Book 2) Kindle Edition
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For example, Chapter 3: What lurks behind that door? reminded me of 'Resident Evil' - the first one, back on the PS1. If you've ever played the game, you'll remember the doors (and the stairs)--everything else fades to black while a squeaky door slowly opens. Sure, in this case it gets old, very old since you're going through the same slow scene every time you leave or enter a room, but admit it--your palms get a little sweaty and your heart throws in a couple of extra beats while you anticipate what will be awaiting you when the game resumes. But, have I ever used this tactic in a story? No, but now that I'm thinking about it, I have some good ideas.
The book is concise, yet it brings a tool shed of tips and tricks to your fingertips. From using body cues, and understanding how vocabulary choices will resonate with the reader, to pacing and using the senses, I couldn't finish a chapter without thinking of something to use in one of my scenes.
Plus, it will resonate with a variety of genres. If you need to build suspense, anxiety, or just scare the begabbers out of your readers (while also making sure your MC is not a WIMP) this book will show you how to do it.
Favorite Quote: "Heroes may be frightened, but they may not be wusses. Often, the difference lies not in the hero's actions, but in the words you've used."
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author for an honest review.)
There are several points in which she lists several ideas that can serve as jumping off points and save time during brainstorming sessions. For example, in the chapter on the use of darkness to set a scary mood, she lists about 20 different general ideas on how to incorporate it into your story.
My favorite chapters where Flavors of Fear, where she catalogues different levels and types of fear and the physical manifestations that go along with them, and Wimp Effect, which gives tips on how to use the techniques to show your protagonist feeling fear without having them come off as an unsympathetic coward.
As a little bonus, she includes 3 original short stories at the end. Any of these alone would be worth the price of the book, and they serve as a nice quiz where you can try to identify what she is doing to create her effects based on what you've just read.
All in all a great reference to have on hand and a great value.
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This book explains in precise detail all the ins and outs of making your scene slightly suspenseful or terrifying - depending on the genre you're writing. I think that's what makes this book stand out from others. Other how-to books I've seen concentrate mostly on the horror/gore effect, which isn't what everyone wants. Romantic suspense, YA and mysteries aren't looking for over the top gore but horror and some thrillers are. So whatever your genre, you'll learn how to apply the perfect balance.
There are added chapters from the class. My favorites were Chases and Escapes, Villains and Monsters and Backloading.
Every author, no matter the genre, would benefit from this book. It's helped me tremendously with a couple short stories I've written and scenes in my work in progress.
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TURN UP SUSPENSE
Rayne Hall knows how to scare readers. “Writing Scary Scenes” lays out powerful techniques for whatever kind of fears you want to create. Read more
Explains how to write scenes that you would not have any idea about how to begin with. She is a great author, and teacher.Published 11 days ago by Kelly C Draper
Rayne Hall does a great job in this book taking apart the components of writing scary scenes. As a writer of cozy mysteries, I'll be able to use a number of her techniques. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Ima reader
Specific ideas which can be implemented into writing immediately. I have other books by the same author and they are all wonderful.Published 1 month ago by Gail Kamer
I found the book to be an excellent read. It is the most helpful how to guide I have read. Rather than preach and talk down to you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. J. Phillips
When I think of 'professional' level writing I think of major level writers, Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, for example. Read morePublished 3 months ago by LovecraftLass
As usual this author does not disappoint. Very informative and helpful book.Published 7 months ago by Phil Dale
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