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
Steven not only offers 'supernatural' advice to help you write your paranormal novel, but he gives you lots of examples of successful authors of werewolves, vampires, ghosts and wizards. These examples are good to know so you can reach out and reach more in your genre to identify what you need to do as a self-published author of the same genre.
As with all of the books I review from Writer's Digest, Steve's Paranormal guide is written clearly, with relevant content in the selection of chapters on the subject and loads of advice stuffed between the covers. When you're reading this book you will even learn more about fictional character growth alongside how to write good dialogue for your supernatural people.
A great guide for anyone delving into the world of writing supernatural or paranormal novels.