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Mary Gray

How to Write Dark and Twisty Books to Showcase the Light

Now and then, you'll meet a budding writer who fearfully admits they love to write creepy books. “What is wrong with you?” they worry people will say. “I expected you to wear a long, black trench coat and thick eyeliner.”

As a writer of macabre fiction, Mary's also your stereotypical “good girl.” So how does she balance both aspects of her life? In this brief nonfiction booklet, Mary discusses a psychological and scriptural basis for tackling darker books, some of her favorite techniques for mastering the craft, and how to show the strength of God's light.
47 printed pages
Original publication
2018

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    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted6 months ago
    Find a readership. It helps so much if you can find readers who will enjoy your stories. Build a community with them so you can engage in discussions and possibly write the books they want to see.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted6 months ago
    Try Javierre Navarrete’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride, Crimson Peak, any M. Night Shyamalan movie, Helen Jane Long (for the sweet scenes), Lindsey Stirling, Jennifer Thomas, and classical playlists on your favorite music retailer site.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted6 months ago
    So, have care with your prose--the cadence of your words and titles you choose. You can gain or lose a reader purely based on your prose or voice.

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