Horror Writing – Lesson 3, Learning you Genre

Learning your Genre:

There are many sub-genres in the horror genre, as the author it is your task to do your due diligence, and spend the time needed to research each sub-genre before deciding on the one you want to concentrate on. When you have chosen the sub-genre dig deeper into the subject and learn all you can before writing the first word. 

Look at some of the classic books written in your chosen genre, then look at some of the new books. Compare the two and pull from each to create your story or disregard all and come up with something totally new. You are the author but there are some constraints in each sub-genre you will have to follow. Don’t allow yourself to get to distracted by details, learn what others have done and follow you vision of the sub-genre instead of following the crowd.