Horror Month at The Writer’s Chatroom

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Welcome to Horror Month at The Writer’s Chatroom

Sunday’s Topic chat will let us view Horror and Horror Writing from the safety of The Writer’s Chatroom.

“It’s the dark basement where the only thing you can hear is the beating of your own heart.”

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The history of horror is long, dating back to the era of the Inquisitions.  Before delving into the History of Horror we need to define it. Trap it in some way, long enough to have a look at its scary parts. This is no easy task. Horror comes from within and without. Tangible and elusive. We all have fears, the things that keep us awake at night or the things in our dreams that awaken us at night. Some fears are rational others, such as the fear of things to the left of your body are not so rational.

In horror writing it is the writer’s job to frighten the reader. To bring out fears the reader may not even be aware exist.

“For the Horror Writer, the more real, the better. And the scarier. It’s the dark basement where the only thing you can hear is the beating of your own heart. That’s real horror. The kind of stuff that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, as if someone was standing inches behind you.

inquisitionBut writing horror isn’t so easy. With any type of fiction, it’s difficult to think of something that hasn’t already been done. With horror fiction, it’s especially true. Creepy basements, loud noises from the attic, hidden rooms, Indian burial grounds, old hotels, multiple personality disorder, etc.—it’s all been done before, and it’s all out there. These clichés shouldn’t restrain you, however. They’ve simply defined the space you’re working in. You know what’s there, now create your own story.”

Join us Sunday as we prepare for the arrival of our October Celebrity Guests, Loren Rhoads, Mary SanGiovanni, John Everson and our Quarterly Celebrity Guest Barb Drozdowich.

candy cornResources for Sunday’s chat include The Writers Digest, CM Humphries, 6 Things American Horror Story Can Teach Us About Writing, 5 Elements of a Good Horror Story, a list of phobias and other websites I found while following a trail of candy corn.


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We have moved our site back to the old digs at The Writer’s Chatroom.. http://writerschatroom.com

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There is nothing to worry about, all roads lead to here.  Your browsers may automatically change your bookmarks.

The Chat window works the same as it always did and if you are using a tablet or for some bizarre reason, a cell phone, the chatroom will work if you tell your device to ‘show the desktop site.’ This is a discovery it took me years to find.

We are booked all the way to November 5th.  Having Guests here is what drew me to the chatroom so many years ago. I hope it will bring some of our old friends as well as new.

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haunted house on the hillSunday October 1st begins Horror Month. The topic will be the History of Horror and tips on the genre. Give us two hours on a Sunday and we will change your writerly week.


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Celebrity Sunday with C Hope Clark

On Sunday 24 September our Guest is C Hope Clark.


Glenn Walker will be moderating

C. Hope Clark is founder of FundsforWriters.com, a well-known writer’s reference for grants, contests,markets, publishers and agents for the serious writer. The website and newsletters have existed for fourteen years, and been recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine in its 101 Best Websites for Writers for thirteen of those years. 42,000 writers receive her newsletters each week.
She’s published in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Market, Guide to Literary Agents (by Writer’s Digest), The Writer Magazine, as well as multiple trades, glossy mags and numerous Chicken Soup books. She’s interviewed often by both writing and business websites and speaks to writing conferences throughout the United States. Her book The Shy Writer: An Introvert’s Guide to Writing Success, continues to sell steadily.

She is also author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series. Lowcountry Bribe is the first in the series published by Bell Bridge Books. The mysteries describe federally employed Carolina Slade’s sleuthing abilities throughout rural, rarely seen South Carolina settings, facing crimes not found in your typical mystery. The second and third books in the series, Tidewater Murder and Palmetto Poison, are now available.

The Carolina Slade Mysteries: Justice Her Way


The Edisto Island Mysteries: Destination Reading


edisto stranger cover artEdisto Stranger

Available for Pre-Order

Book Four in the series. A cold case heats up . . .

A dead man in Big Bay Creek, spring break, and a rogue FBI agent would be enough to drive Chief Callie Jean Morgan to drink . . . if she hadn’t already quietly crawled inside a bottle of gin to drown her sorrows over a life ripped apart by too many losses. When her investigation into the stranger’s death heats up an unsolved abduction case, Callie finds herself pitted against the town council, her son, the agent, and even the raucous college kids enjoying idyllic Edisto Beach. Amidst it all, Callie must find a way to reconcile her grief and her precious taste for gin before anyone else is killed.

This is a Book Trailer for Low Country Bribe

Low Country Bribe


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Workshops on Writing with Karina Fabian

Karina Fabian is Offering Webinars on Writing, World Building, Generating Ideas and other Writerly Things

a teacher Karina Fabian is amazing at everything she puts her mind to. She is a long time member of the chatroom and has been known to show up with Vern as a Guest on Celebrity Sundays.
Creating Well Rounded Characters
Looking for some writing classes that are fun, useful and inexpensive? Award-winning author, Karina Fabian is teaching basic writing classes via webinar each Friday. Get motivated, learn to generate ideas, create complex worlds, well-rounded characters and unique voices, and learn to analyze and edit scenes and full stories. The best part – each course is only $5.
World Building

Each class is held online with slides and lecture followed by Q&A. These classes have been tested in online and live formats and received praise from attendees.To join Karina for $5 Fridays, check out her website, http://faianspace.com and sign up for the classes that suit you – or get the whole course run of 14 classes for only $60.

Dates and times are on the website.
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7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Editing Your Own Book

7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Editing Your Own Book

Reference booksOur Sunday Topic will look at and discuss the various reasons, 7, that you shouldn’t be editing your own book.

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First I want to Slip in a little information outlining the difference between Revision and Editing.

The Difference Between Editing and Revising (and how you can accomplish both)

Technically speaking, revising is the act of altering the content of your novel rather than the words themselves. This includes:

  • Plot Holes
  • Your Hook
  • Purpose
  • Character Arcs
  • Exposition and Backstory
  • Pacing
  • and a few other things.

Technically speaking, editing consists of the changes you make to the actual wording of your novel. There are two main types of editing: line edits and copy edits. Line edits consist of changing the wording of your novel as to make it better understood and enjoyed by readers.

When making line edits, you’ll literally go through your novel, line by line, and look for the following things:

  • Flow
  • Redundancy
  • Filler
  • Show, Don’t Tell
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Formatting
  • Clarity

You Can’t Edit Your Own Book and Here are 7 Reasons Why

Some Outtakes from the Article 

When you love what you see, you don’t see what you don’t want to see. Your brain loves you too much to inflict that kind of damage upon you.

Love leads to believing your book is flawless.

Familiarity leads to believing your book is you.

If you’ve ever found yourself skipping over parts during self-editing because you just want to get through that phase faster, you’re making a critical mistake.

Tiredness leads to mistakes.


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New Forum with Chatroom

Diverse MeetingThe Writer’s Chatroom has a Forum Plus

It is fairly sketchy at the moment. I have included a Chat Tab. When you click on the Chat tab you will see the login for the chatroom. (This is the Same Chatroom seen on our home site.)

To become a Forum Member go to http://writerschatroom.boards.net/ and follow the prompts on the screen, Register or Login.

During Sunday’s Chat I will open the Forum to Guests without the Login. A Forum Open House. After chat I will lock it up and you’ll be able to access it by logging in.

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