How to become a writer in the horror genre
The path of the horror writer, as well as the writer of any other genre, begins with work on skill skills. A person who intends to make a living with his writing talent must perfectly master the word, know the basics of composing the text and skillfully work with the peculiarities of the genre.
Most often, the writer's profession is chosen by people with a philological, journalistic or historical background. The foundations of the writer's profession are taught even in higher educational institutions. The knowledge gained in the course of training makes it possible to form a powerful literary base. However, writers, especially in the horror genre, can have other professions: technical, military, medical, etc. Practical tips on how to find and use reliable information when creating literary works are taught in courses on writing skills.
The first stage is the study of the literature of the chosen genre. The founder of the horror genre is Edgar Alan Poe, whose works are still considered the standard of horror literature. The modern classic of horror is Stephen King, most of whose books have become bestsellers. In studying the works of recognized masters of the genre, it is necessary to distinguish between teaching and frank borrowing. Do not try to recreate the atmosphere inherent in Kingu, or repeat the story of books by Washington Irving.
After a thorough study of the basics of the genre, you should move on to the first "feather samples". The best advice for any writer is the fundamental rule - to write only about what you know. Of course, this does not concern the fantastic component of the work. But, if the main character of the book is a doctor, then the narrative of his way of life should be plausible and appropriate to reality.
In search of inspiration for a writer in the horror genre, one should carefully consider any information product appearing in his field of vision. This may be a mysterious crime, which is outlined in the newsline in general terms, or a rumor heard from a neighbor in the apartment. That's right, according to Stephen King himself, the most terrible and popular works of the genre are created.
Another source of information can be legends, epics and tales of the peoples of the world. They hide a lot of information about the legends, which were composed from generation to generation. Given that the main reason for their appearance was often fears that people could not explain, the study of these ancient legends will allow them to be inspired by the literary work.
After the first work is created, you should carefully consider the choice of the publisher. Often, publishers have specializations and do not consider works of unusual genres. So, when choosing a potential publisher, you should study information about the series that they release. If they have mystical series or a series of horrors, then the percentage of the positive decision of such a publishing house will be higher than that of the others. In this case, it should be borne in mind that each publisher very carefully approaches the study of the material. The manuscript should be made in accordance with the requirements. To it, a synopsis (a brief description of the work) must be developed. In addition, it is not superfluous to subject the material to professional proofreading before sending it. It is better that this work be performed by an experienced proofreader working in the publishing business. The cost of proofreading will quickly increase the chances of a positive response from the publisher and pay off in the event of publication of a print run.