Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
(A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association)
Edited by the Horror Writers Association (HWA), a worldwide organization of writers and publishing professionals dedicated to promoting dark literature, On Writing Horror includes exclusive information and guidance from 58 of the biggest names in horror writing to give you the inspiration you need to start scaring and exciting readers and editors.
As you read, your body occupied space in RealityLand–but you, the thinking, feeling, imagining, real you, were literally somewhere else.
You were walking the suburban streets or city alleys, the forest paths or sandy beaches of a fictional world as you shard the adventures and thoughts and emotions of that world’s people, people you had come to know and to care about.
The quotes are from Mort Castle’s section “Reality and the Waking Nightmare: Setting and Character in Horror Fiction”. He discusses how a reader can get lost in a book. Boy, did I relate. Many times when I read I see a movie playing out instead of the written page.
All the things I’ve discovered about writing has been been discovered before. I could spend years trying to get my words just right or I could go to the masters and see what they have to say. I don’t always find my answers in the pages I have, so I’ll check with other writers, or see what the internet has to say.
Sometime I land up reading about something completely off my original subject. I never seem to care. If I don’t find the answers I’m looking for I’ll find inspiration, motivation, or a story idea.
What do you do when you need answers:? I’d love to hear about it.:-)