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Writing Paranormal: Writing Tips from Bestselling Author Kiersten White

Posted by inkpopbecki on September 24, 2010

Writing paranormal fiction sounds like fun. Just like fantasy and science fiction, there are rules that have to be adhered to when creating work in this genre. Think you have what it takes? Check out these writing tips from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, then pop over to inkpop to join the Paranormalcy Writing Challenge.


1- My first writing tip is always the same: Edit!  First drafts are wonderful, but most of what makes books great happens in editing.

2- When writing paranormal, it’s very important to have your world setup believable (or as believable as something with vampires/faeries/werewolves/leprechauns can be) and consistent.  Decide on the “rules” and write them down, then stick within the boundaries you’ve created.  It will help make your unbelievable story work!

3- Read your work out loud.  Nothing will help you identify awkward phrasing or stilted dialogue faster than having to say it to yourself.

4- Research.  If you can’t come up with an idea for paranormal or urban fantasy that you like, try going back to traditional folklore stories.  You’ll be amazed at what you find and it’s bound to trigger your imagination!

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