Celebrity Sunday Presents Emerian Rich

Cover Art Emerian Rich is the author of the Night’s Knights Vampire Series. She’s been included in many short story anthologies and also writes romance under Emmy Z. Madrigal. She is the horror host of HorrorAddicts.net and Editorial Director for the San Francisco Bay Area magazine, SEARCH. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. Find out more about Emerian at: www.emzbox.com

Visit with us Sunday December 3rd right here in the Chatroom.  For more information on this Celebrity please check our  December 2nd Issue of The Writer’s Chatroom Newsletter.

Celebrity Sunday Presents Emerian Rich

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Submission: Holiday Season Critique Chat

Welcome to our Holiday Season Critique Chat

Would you like a crit from the entire chatroom? Then read and follow the guidelines exactlySubmissions that do not follow the guidelines will be rejected.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Email sally@writerschatroom.com 200-300 words from your work. Paste your submission into the email, do not send an attachment. Do not hit reply!
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Use the subject line “Submission: Holiday Season Critique”.
Copy this list and put it at the beginning of the email, with your answers:
Genre: 
Format: (short story, novel, etc): 
Section: (beginning, middle or end of piece)
Name you intend to publish under: 
Name you use in the chatroom: 

You can add one or two sentences to set the scene, if needed. But no more than two sentences.
 

Submissions must be received by 3 pm ET on Sunday, November 26, 2017 to be eligible for chat.


Submissions following the guidelines will be used in the order they are received. I don’t know how many we will get through, but the queue starts when the first correct submission is received.
I strongly suggest you submit polished work. Most of our chatters are aiming for publication. To get there, you have to be able to handle honest critiques. I will not allow personal attacks, but problems in the writing will be openly discussed.
If you are not in attendance, your submission will be skipped. It’s a waste of everyone’s time to critique something if the author isn’t there to hear it.
Fiction, nonfic, essay, query letter…it doesn’t matter. I recommend trying to get an entire scene into 300 words. Full scenes get better crits.
Why only 300 words? More than that will scroll off the screen too quickly. People need to be able to read it, to give a good crit.
Please be on time for this chat. Crosstalk, including greetings, will be kept to a bare minimum. Make sure you have floated and enlarged your screen in chat, so you can keep up. Here we go…let’s see how many of you have learned to write well and follow submission guidelines.
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What is in a Plotline?

Little decorative thanksgiving themed corn and squashesThis is a Generated Plotline

It contains a Main Character, 2nd Character, Setting, Situation, Theme and Character Action.

MC = A woman in her early thirties, who is very foolish.
2nd C = A woman in her sixties, who can be quite manipulative.
Setting = The story begins in a restaurant.
Situation = Someone is accused of theft.
Theme = It’s a story about pride.
Character Action = Your character sets out to change everyone’s opinion.

This particular plot line will be on our blog at wrtierschatroom.com/wp and at our Forum.

Click on this Plot Generator Page and Generate your own plot line. Or use the idea above and share it here. Scroll down till you see the reply/comment box.

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5 Tips for #NaNoWriMo I’ve Learned from My 464-Day Writing Streak – Sunday’s Topic Chat

5 Tips for #NaNoWriMo I’ve Learned from My 464-Day Writing Streak

Men Streaking National Novel Writing Month is like a marathon for writers. It’s designed to be hard, and designed to push you to write every day. That isn’t an easy thing. Like anyone training for a marathon, it helps to know how fast you can run a mile, and how long you can sustain that pace. The same is true for writing in NaNoWriMo.

My favorite tip –

3 Do not rewrite, do not delete

Trying to do so would be like trying to run a marathon in a tuxedo without breaking a sweat. There’s no point.

Join us on Sunday for a Topic Chat

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Celebrity Sunday Presents John Everson

John Everson is Coming Back to Chat with Us on Celebrity Sunday

John Everson PhotoJohn Everson is a staunch advocate for the culinary joys of the jalapeno and an unabashed fan of 1970s European horror cinema.  He is also the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of COVENANT,  SACRIFICE and seven other novels, including the creature feature spiderfest VIOLET EYES, the erotic horror Bram Stoker Award finalist NIGHTWHERE, and his latest REDEMPTION, the over-the-top conclusion to the COVENANT trilogy. Other novels include THE FAMILY TREE, THE PUMPKIN MAN, SIREN and THE 13TH. Over the past 25 years, his short stories have appeared in more than 75 magazines and anthologies. He is the founder of the independent press Dark Arts Books and has written novelettes for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and Jonathan Maberry’s V-WARS universe (Books 1 and 3) as well as stories for THE GREEN HORNET and KOLCHAK, THE NIGHT STALKER anthologies. He has had several short fiction collections issued by independent presses, including CAGE OF BONES & OTHER DEADLY OBSESSIONS, VIGILANTES OF LOVE, NEEDLES & SINS and most recently, SACRIFICING VIRGINS, released by Samhain Publishing at the end of 2015.  For more on his obsession with jalapenos and 1970s European horror cinema, as well as information on his fiction, art and music.

Get Redemption Today!Cover Art Redemption

my ninth novel, Redemption – the long awaited sequel to my first two novels Covenant and Sacrifice – is now available! Order your copy from Amazon.com – it is also a Kindle Select title, so available free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers! One of my my favorite horror novelists of all time, Edward Lee, read the novel at the end of December and described it like this:

“Redemption unfolds as horror-hero Joe Kieran’s finish-line sprint down the last leg of Everson’s addictive occult storyline of blood-gushing demonic machinations, cursed existential characters, and abominations incarnate.  Everson is a MASTER of the hardcore; he’s the rare kind of writer who’s so good you can’t proceed with your day until the book is finished.  No matter what you have planned, forget it; you won’t bother until you’ve turned the last page. (I missed a playoff game because of this book!)  Everson kicks out the jambs in this gory story of haunted religious missions, mind-boggling sex-rituals, and jaunts into Hell (and let’s not forget the communal demonic toilet!)  The Little Mermaid this ain’t. This is balls-to-the-wall, no-f–ing-around hardcore horror that hits the reader with the impact of a bucket of hot blood and innards in the face.  Read it!”

You can’t ask for a better endorsement than that!

View the book on Amazon now.

 

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Mary SanGiovanni is our Celebrity Sunday Guest

Mary S photoMary SanGiovanni is the author of the THE HOLLOWER trilogy (the first of which was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award), THRALL, CHAOS, CHILLS, and the forthcoming SAVAGE WOODS, and the novellas FOR EMMY, POSSESSING AMY, THE FADING PLACE, and NO SONGS FOR THE STARS and the forthcoming A QUIET PLACE AT WORLD’S END, as well as the collections UNDER COVER OF NIGHT, A DARKLING PLAIN, the forthcoming NIGHT MOVES and A WEIRDISH WILD SPACE. Her fiction has appeared in periodicals and anthologies for the last decade. She has a Masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, Pittsburgh, where she studied under genre greats. She is currently a member of The Authors Guild, The International Thriller Writers, and Penn Writers, and was previously an Active member in the Horror Writers Association.

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Let’s Talk Horror

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sunday’s Guest spot is on hold.

Instead we will present a Topic Chat on How to write a horror story: 6 terrific tips.

empty rocking chair in a dark roomIs Terror the same as Horror?

Mmm, well, not so much.

 ‘Terror’ describes a state of feeling. Oxford Dictionaries simply define it as ‘extreme fear’. To ‘terrorize’, means to use extreme fear to intimidate others. Horror, however, also suggests elements of disgust and surprise or shock. Thus the word ‘horror’ describes not only extreme fear but also revulsion and a sense of surprise and the unexpected.

The best horror stories share at least five elements in common:

  1. They explore ‘malevolent’ or ‘wicked’ characters, deeds or phenomena.
  2. They arouse feelings of fear, shock or disgust as well as the sense of the uncanny-
  3. Horror books convey intense emotion, mood, tone and environments.
  4. In horror the ghosts and werewolves are very, very real.
  5. Horror tends to deal with morbid situations, from repetitive cycles of violence to death-related uncanny scenarios.

How do you write a horror story or novel like Stephen King, Clive Barker or (looking further back in the genre’s history) Edgar Allan Poe? 

Come to Sunday’s Topic Chat and help us discuss the various aspects Horror and Terror and how to write them.

 

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Horror Month at The Writer’s Chatroom

tell tale heart

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.”

tell tale heart

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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Topic Chat – 5 Healthy Writing Habits

Writer’s Chatroom Sunday Chat – Writerly Hygiene

5 Healthy Writing Habits All Aspiring Writers Should Practice

Sunday August 13 7PM ET

Writer’s Chatroom Sunday Chat – Writerly Hygiene

Hand Wash SignWriters aren’t exactly known as the paragons of physical and mental health. Almost prerequisites for the craft, depression and alcoholism have haunted so many eminent writers, including Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, and Sylvia Plath. Although living a stable, healthy lifestyle might be alien to many successful authors, healthy writing habits are not.

Yes, writing is a creative process, but it is also work that demands discipline and routine. As Hemingway said, “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” Here are five habits that behoove any aspiring writer to follow.

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