How to Write Your Own Horror Novel
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How to Write Your Own Horror Novel

Examining What it Takes to Write a Great Work of Horror
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Last updated 6/2017
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 13 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Develop interesting characters with compelling arcs
  • Draft outlines for full-sized books
  • Understand the key elements of the horror genre
  • Write stories that will captivate readers
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Requirements
  • Students must have a strong understanding of the English language.
Description

This course explores horror as a genre as well as what elements of writing are essential to telling a good story. As a creative writer myself, this genre presented in both literature and film has captured my interest for many years. I have noticed that when writing horror, it’s sometimes easy to forget many of the essentials of good storytelling; it is tempting to simply lay all of one’s focus on the antagonist and what they do to the main characters. Although those are important and memorable features of this genre, there are so many key elements that are often glossed over.

It is important to scare readers, but it is much more impactful if you can change them. Do not settle for stories that are just somewhat creepy. Dig deeper! Explore what terrifies you and what truths those horrors represent. Show readers something about themselves or the world that will shake them. If you can make them come to a realization they had not come to before and if you can chill them to the deepest layer of their subconscious, then you will have created horror. 

Although this course consists of a large number of writing basics, it covers elements of writing that even the best can get wrong at times. This may seem simple, but understanding and mastering the fundamentals of good storytelling are essential to writing in most every genre. By the end of this course you should have at least one outline for a full horror story, a list of characters with in-depth descriptions of who they are and what they look like, a list of ideas for plot devices to improve your story, and an understanding of how to regularly recreate the aforementioned documents for any future projects.

Thank you for visiting this course and please take the time to look through it further,

Sincerely,

Kalynn Fleischman

Who is the target audience?
  • Students interested in learning how to write great horror stories
  • Students looking to improve their writing in general
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Curriculum For This Course
41 Lectures
02:13:20
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Introduction
5 Lectures 15:49


Creating a Great Hook
03:54

Brainstorming Ideas Assignment
00:17

Hook Writing Assignment
01:06
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Types of Horror
4 Lectures 14:31
Creepypastas
02:39

Short Stories
02:37

Long Stories
08:43

Creepypasta Assignment (Optional)
00:32
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Writing
9 Lectures 26:49
Foreshadowing
02:52

Metaphors, Similes, and More!
04:57

Personification
03:12

Points of View
03:51

Themes
04:09

Tone
03:57

Know the Rules to Break the Rules
02:15

Writing Themes Assignment
00:36

Metaphors, Symbolism, and Allusion Assignment
00:59
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Characters
7 Lectures 29:23
Protagonists
04:14

How to Write a Good Protagonist
04:43

Antagonists
05:25

An Air of Mystery
02:33

Writing Psychopaths
05:50

Supporting Characters
04:53

Questions to Answer When Drafting Characters Assignment
01:45
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Plot
8 Lectures 25:46
Character Arcs
05:05

Story
04:54

Plot Twists
04:53

Clichés
02:32

Deus Ex Machina
02:32

Drafting Character Arcs Assignment
01:59

The Three Act Story Structure
03:18

Plot Twists Assignment
00:32
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Outlines
4 Lectures 09:05
Character and Story Outlines
04:00

Chapter Outlines
03:48

Drafting Outlines Assignment
00:31

Drafting Your Story
00:46
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Conclusions
4 Lectures 12:10
How to End a Good Story
08:00

Writing is Rewriting
02:58

Conclusion Writing Assignment
00:41

Editing Assignment
00:30
About the Instructor
Kalynn Daniel Fleischman
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Music Instructor and Creative Writer

Dear student,

My name is Kalynn and I have nearly two years experience tutoring. I currently hold a Bachelor's in Music with Emphasis in Piano Performance from Grand Canyon University (GCU). I graduated Summa Cum Laude and received GCU's highest academic honor, the Ray-Maben award.

Throughout my time at GCU I developed both my abilities as a musician and as a teacher. When working in the GCU Learning Lounge, I was in charge of running walk-in sessions for people seeking help with their Music Theory classes. During this time I taught Music Theory I-IV, Class Piano I-IV, and Worship Arts Music Theory. All of these classes are at the university level. I essentially aided both students and professors by covering the material that could not be covered well enough during class. This position not only tested my knowledge, it also helped me build a strong foundation of teaching experience.

I am passionate about music, teaching, and creative writing. The courses I offer will help you become a better musician and will grow your understanding of how music works.

Thank you for visiting and I cannot wait for you to get started!

Sincerely,

Kalynn D. Fleischman