Writer's Blog Follow blog

blog Jackie Inkspired Blogger Your place within Inkspired to find posts about how to improve your writing skills

#writing #blog #writers #write #books #book
46314
93264 VIEWS
AA Share

Don't be afraid to write about terror


Photo. Eter Digital | (c)



Terror is a fascinating literary element. I know people who love the feeling of fear/suspense and they seek something that keeps them attached to the screen while they tremble at the horror that causes that T series or movie. But we are talking about multimedia, which precisely takes advantage of what we watch and listen to put terror in our senses. But how about reading? Authors can only use WORDS. That's when a good narration needs to take place. Take the reader by the hand and make him walk along a dark path only with the use of words is admirable and we have many references that have created entire universes where terror is everything. That being the case, what does a horror story need to be memorable and cause real panic? Well, we can do a review:



SCENARIO

It is not the same to walk through the city center at noon than to do it in the middle of a cemetery at about three in the morning. The stage is one more character in the plot. The simple mention of certain location such as hospital, convent, abandoned hacienda, ruined building or the one already mentioned cemetery, immediately invokes in the reader an idea of ​​what can happen.


A ghost in a newly opened hotel is unconvincing, while a mansion built in the fifties could be more convincing. It may sound cliché, but gloomy and dark scenarios, abandoned locations or in ruins, have their own charm and do a good part of the job.



CHARACTERS

Let's leave the stoic characters for action stories, the characters in the stories of terror must be credible and that is achieved through complex and deep personalities. No one would like to face the appearance of a headless being that appears at night walking through the halls of the hotel where you just started working, nobody, ever.

No one will go to the nose to get into trouble, with an evil spirit. Unless you have some ghostbuster complex or similar. Fearing, moving away from the matter and only meddling when there is no other option is something you would do any of us. It's not a matter of creating funky characters, but at least cautious, aware of their human condition, morally ambiguous, with doubts and skepticism. These complex characters fit very well with psychological terror.



ANTAGONISTS

What would the heroes be without a good villain?

It happens that many times I let myself be seduced by the bad guy. In terror, depending on the sub-genre where you are, the specter, the demon that wants to torment the protagonist, the charismatic psycho who wants to kill them all, the corrupt policeman who you want to perform a human hunt just for fun ... A whole story can be an stand-alone with the ideas of his villain and the machinations of his disturbed mind.


Everyone remembers Pennywise from "IT", Dracula from Bram Stoker or Cthulhu from H.P. Lovecraft.



DON'T JUST SAY IT, PORTRAY IT

The best advice for anyone who wants to write.

It is not the same to say: "I was scared", to show it: His face became pale. His heart was beating so fast and with such force that he could feel it in the throat, which caused him some disgust. His legs were shaking and he clenched his fists hard, all this while hiding in a closet.


It is not the same to say: "I was bleeding", to show it: The bleeding was not long in coming, the wound was so deep that it would bleed to death in brief. The cold took hold of his body, dizziness and fatigue also made an act of presence. The character's condition is clear, since a "bleeding" does not answer other questions that could describe what happened.



PRACTICE MAKES MASTERS

Keep trying. Only by practicing all this, you can make your story have the elements that. They will make it a great horror story. You will not write a masterpiece without trying many times. I hope these tips are useful, I write them from what I myself have experienced, and with all the good intentions of the world.



Text by:

Baltazar Ruiz

@baltazarruiz154

Oct. 10, 2019, 12:01 a.m. 0 Report Embed 3
~

#NewWritingContest - Micro-Writing Astrology

You don't need to write so much to say a lot. And if you don't believe us, read a microstory, or rather write it down. Your opportunity begins today. In this new contest the slogan is: Write a microstory about one of the 12 zodiac signs and publish it from the Inkspired App in the format of 'microfiction'. In addition, you must create an art that is consistent with your microstory and share it on social networks with the hashtag #MicroAstrology and tag @getinkspired.


The microfiction must contain a maximum of 50 words. The writing style and the way of approaching the subject will depend on each author, but it must comply with the correct way of writing a microstory. If you don't know how to write one, you can read the following the following article from our Writer's Blog:


https://getinkspired.com/es/blog/944/post/93692/make-your-micro-stories-great-stories/


The work that portrays the zodiac sign in the most truthful and creative way, and that strictly complies with the rules and bases will be the winner.



Start date: October 2, 2019

Closing date: October 28, 2019


How does the contest work?

1. You must publish in Inkspired a short story -of maximum 50 words- about one of the 12 signs of the zodiac, and also share it on your networks with an art designed by you, using the hashtag #MicroAstrology and tagging @getinkspired.

2. Once published, you can edit it until the closing day of the contest.

3. The text must be published as a short story from the Inkspired App.

4. You must tag your story with the hashtag #MicroAstrology in the hashtags section.

5. The short story must have a title, and for social networks, an art.

6. It must be unpublished and exclusive to Inkspired for the duration of the contest.

7. Once the contest is finished, the work must remain published on the platform for a minimum of 6 months.

8. The contest will have only one winner. This will be announced in the first half of November.

9. The jury will consist of the Inkspired editorial team, which includes Jackeline Vargas-Content Manager and Gin Les, as the leading ambassador. The election of the winner will be based on the originality of the short story and the respective fulfillment of the contest rules. In addition, grammar and spelling quality will be scored, as well as the popularity of the short story.

10. A minimum of 30 participants is required for the contest to be official.


Bases

1. People from anywhere in the world can participate, but the story must be written in English.

2. The short story must be published in the respective short story format, which you can only write from the Inkspired App (for iOS and Android).

3. The short story must be your responsibility, we do not accept any kind of plagiarism and there can be legal action if this is violated.

4. The short story must be exclusive for the duration of the contest.

5. If you are not a current Inkspired user and want to participate, you just have to register. It's free!

6. The work must have the hashtag #MicroAstrology in the hashtags section. In addition, it must have a title.

8. This time you can participate with a maximum of 5 short stories per author, but each one must try a different zodiac sign, and also be published on Social Networks.

9. Anyone who does spam will be disqualified.

10. Contest deadlines must be met. No work that leaves this period will be accepted.

11. Stories can be edited only during the contest period. Once closed, no changes will be accepted.

12. Once the winners have been announced, they should write to info@getinkspired.com to coordinate the awards ceremony. If the winner does not pronounce within 15 days, the prize will be awarded to second place.

13. You do not need to participate from day one, you can do it whenever you want while the contest is open.

14. Participation in this contest means that the user knows and accepts the bases of it.

15. We also have contests in other languages ​​-Spanishand Portuguese-, you can see them in the contest section of each language.


AWARDS


BEST MICROSTORY


First place: A basic cover for one of his stories and the publication of a new 10-word short story (of any subject the winner wishes) in our Inkspired Originals account.

Oct. 2, 2019, 12:01 a.m. 0 Report Embed 3
~

Learn how to write about mistery and crime


Photo: CDN | (c)


The mind of psychopaths/sociopaths is very complex, so much that, at times, the writer may end up deviating from his main idea to end up committing random acts, that can create a huge mistake. The first thing to be clear about when creating a murderer is the degree of evil we want him to have according to his actions.


According to the root of the killer's mentality, there are two very different profiles that lie in two very different diseases, despite the fact that there are no differences between the two.


The first profile to take into account is that of the sociopath, which usually begins at a very early age and, little by little, as the years go by, the symptoms get worse. If you have in mind to create a character with a sociopathic profile, you have to take into account his childhood and / or adolescence, which, unlike psychopathy, are based on physical or psychological abuse.


The sociopath tends to isolate himself from the world, creating in his mind something similar to an idealized world where he himself has control of everything that happens, wanting to show his own rules to the real world, where he acts without regrets and without care towards others. We must also bear in mind that the sociopath does not always have to end up committing murders, although there have also been cases, the sociopath enjoys manipulating others regardless of the consequences, does not learn from his past experiences as very traumatic or very negative that were the consequences suffered. Sociopaths are able to feel some kind of emotional connection, but only with counted people, such as a family member or friends, but not always.


On the contrary, psychopaths are unable to empathize with anyone, nor can they have an emotional bond with anyone and even, sometimes, cannot even maintain control of their feelings towards themselves, which can lead to self-harm. Sometimes, psychopaths can even be seen as charming people, performances worthy of a reputed actor, but they are only masks that hide their true personality.


When creating a character, each aspect is essential and decisive for its development but, especially with those who present an anomaly in their mind and way of thinking, it is important to review every point that is believed not to make mistakes. Staying in the disturbed mind of a murderer, a manipulator or anyone with psychological illnesses is extremely complex, but if carried out in the right way, the results can be 100% satisfactory.



Text by:

K.H. Baker

@khbaker


English Translation:

Inkspired Team

Sept. 10, 2019, 4:58 a.m. 0 Report Embed 6
~

#NewWritingContest - Bring verses to my life

It is time to bring out the poet in you. This time in a new writing contest. The slogan is to write 4 poems in rhyme, of 10 verses each, dealing with the following topics in this order:


1) The birth

2) Growth

3) Death

4) After death


The writing style and the POV will depend on the originality of each author, but they can only have 10 verses in rhyme. The poems should be published as a single story, but each pom should be in a different chapter.


The work that best portrays each of the themes and that strictly complies with the rules set forth will be the winner.


Start date: September 2, 2019

Closing date: September 28, 2019


How does the contest work?

1. You must publish a work of 4 poems in rhyme, about the topics discussed above, in your Inkspired profile.

The poems must contain 10 verses each, no more or less.

2. Once published, you can edit it until the closing day of the contest.

3. The work must be published as story with Chapters of the Poetry category.

4. You must tag your story with the hashtag #VersameLaVida in the hashtags section.

5. The story must have a title, its own cover and a brief description.

6. It must be unpublished and exclusive to Inkspired for the duration of the contest.

7. Once the contest is finished, the work must remain published on the platform for a minimum of 6 months, and the ideal would be to continue writing it.

8. The contest will have only one winner. These will be announced in the first half of October.

9. The jury will consist of the Inkspired editorial team, which includes Jackeline Vargas-Content Manager and Gin Les, as the leading ambassador. The winner's choice will be based on what each poem transmits, on how to portray each of the themes and on the respective fulfillment of the contest rules. In addition, grammar and spelling quality will be scored, as well as originality.

10. A minimum of 30 participants is required for the contest to be official.

11. To get additional points, you just have to upload and share your story on one of your Social Networks (Instagram or Facebook) and tag us at @getinkspired. In your story you must put the link of your Instagram or Facebook account so we can see it. (Remember to be public)


Bases

1. People from any country can participate, but the story must be written in English.

2. The poems must be published as ONE STORY (story with chapters) but each poem must be in a different chapter with its respective title. The topics presented do not necessarily have to be written in the titles.

3. The poems must be your responsibility, we do not accept any kind of plagiarism and there can be legal action if this is violated.

4. The poems must be exclusive for the duration of the contest.

5. If you are not a current Inkspired user and want to participate, you just have to register. It's free!

6. The work must have the hashtag #VersesToMyLife in the hashtags section. In addition, it must have a title, a cover and a brief description of the work.

8. This time you can participate with only one work. No more works by the same author will be accepted. If this happens, all the works of their authorship will be disqualified.

9. Anyone who does spam will be disqualified.

10. Contest deadlines must be met. No work that leaves this period will be accepted.

11. Stories can be edited only during the contest period. Once closed, no changes will be accepted.

12. Once the winners have been announced, they should write to info@getinkspired.com to coordinate the awards ceremony. If the winner does not pronounce within 15 days, the prize will be awarded to second place.

13. You do not need to participate from day one, you can do it whenever you want while the contest is open.

14. Participation in this contest means that the user knows and accepts the bases of it.

15. We also have contests in other languages ​​-Spanish and Portuguese-, you can see them in the contest section of each language.


AWARDS


BEST POETRY WORK


First place: A podcast with its 4 poems narrated and their publication in our networks with its respective mention.


How to publish a story in Inkspired?

1. Go to www.getinkspired.com

2. Register as a user (if you are not already), you can do it manually or via Facebook

3. Click on CREATE A STORY

4. Choose the type of story you wish to publish, in the case of the contest it would be: STORY WITH CHAPTERS

5. Write the title of your story and the category (in this case it would be POETRY). The title can be edited later if you wish.

6. Write your story as a single chapter.

7. Once written click on ‘save’ and then on ‘close and go to the profile of the story’.

8. Here you can add the hashtag #VersesToMyLife , the description, the cover and the language.

9. Then you will have to go down to the title of your chapter or story to click on the publication status button that says ‘Draft’ and change it to ‘Published’.

10. You can watch a video tutorial on how to publish here: https://getinkspired.com/faq/

Sept. 2, 2019, midnight 0 Report Embed 4
~
Read more Start page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Related stories