Writing the Paranormal Novel

Writing the Paranormal Novel

Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements Into your Story

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Writing fiction with paranormal elements presents unique and difficult challenges. Authors are responsible for presenting unbelievable concepts in ways that are convincing, original, and surprising. Harper, author of In the Company of Mind and Corporate Mentality, presents a guide for those embarking on the thorny task of writing a paranormal novel. He provides useful tactics for developing paranormal concepts and employing them in a believable and tasteful manner. While geared toward paranormal writing, this book is a valuable tool for anyone interested in writing fiction. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Vampires, werewolves, and zombies, oh my!

Writing a paranormal novel takes more than casting an alluring vampire or arming your hero with a magic wand. It takes an original idea, believable characters, a compelling plot, and surprising twists, not to mention great writing.

This helpful guide gives you everything you need to successfully introduce supernatural elements into any story without shattering the believability of your fictional world or falling victim to common cliches.

You'll learn how to:

  • Choose supernatural elements and decide what impact the supernatural will have on your fictional world
  • Create engaging and relatable characters from supernatural protagonists and antagonists to supporting players (both human and non-human)
  • Develop strong plots and complementary subplots
  • Write believable fight scenes and flashbacks
  • Create realistic dialogue
  • And much more

Complete with tips for researching your novel and strategies for getting published, Writing the Paranormal Novel gives you everything you need to craft a novel where even the most unusual twist is not only possible - it's believable.

Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781599631349
Characteristics: 265 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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