Twisted Tendrils: Horrific Writing Advice

Lets delve into writing advice for horror: writing techniques and tips, analyzing our favorite twisted passages, exploring subgeneras, and alchemizing aspects from scary films and monster movies into our own tormenting tales. We will also be interviewing fellow writers and horror enthusiasts along the way. 

Episode Guide

Here is the list of aired episodes so far. We are still in the first season. Lot to come! 

Ep. 6: Filling the Creative Well

What is "filling the creative well" and why would you need to do it? There are many ways to find inspiration and ideas to get past writers block and burnout. I list a lot of them in this episode. From going on an "Artist Date" to laying in bed listening to music, there are a lot of ways to refill this well. Let's see if any of these help you bust through blocks and get writing again. 

Ep. 5: Writing With the Five Senses

The five senses: sight, smell, sound, touch and taste. How do we incorporate them into our writing to pull readers in? Can we mix them together? Let's find out. 

Ep. 4: Fear of the Unknown

Let's delve into the fear of the unknown. What is it? Why is it desirable? And how can we incorporate it into our writing? From Lovecraftian beings, to heights, it all comes back to fear of the unknown.

Ep. 3: 12 Literary Devices: Anthropomorphism and other Spooky Techniques

Let's do a deep dive and learn about twelve literary devices: anthropomorphism, personification, alliteration, assonance, metaphors, similes, juxtaposition, onomatopoeia, fragments, specificity, isocolons, and the countdown (or count up). Examples are read and tips are given. Let's delve together.

Ep. 2: Atmosphere: How do? 

What is atmosphere, and how do we invoke it in our writing? Describe the world through the lens of the POV character. Only focus on the details they themselves deem important. I give a few examples of my own creation to illustrate how different characters would describe arriving at the same ghost town and the atmosphere it creates. 

Ep 1: Who Am I? Why Horror?

Who is this mysterious Laura Nettles? Why does she even like horror? What is her background? Also, a listing of possible future episodes. 

Season 1: Teaser

The season one trailer! We will be going over advice for writing horror, analyzing our favorite passages, and discussing our favorite monsters from film, books and beyond.