The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last three times, will be writing genres.
strong supernatural elements and undertones of blood, sex, and death; includes vampires
I have to confess, I got a bit confused with this genre. Is all Vampire fantasy? Or do you write fantasy and then include vampires? Any suggestions would be welcome in the comments. Here are tips for both genres:
- Vampire tips:
- Use vampires to introduce disturbing and dark subject matter, elicit responses of fear, terror, disgust, shock, suspense, and, of course, horror from readers.
- The modern vampire started in the 1700’s but they were seen as far back as ancient Greece. That gives you a lot of flexibility in the vampire setting and time.
- Your typical vampire appears pale and gaunt, is burned by holy water and silver, is crippled by romantic longing, is destroyed by sunlight or a stake through the heart, drinks blood, has fangs, flees from a crucifix and garlic, is immortal, needs to be invited in, can hypnotize others, sees humans as prey, sleeps in a coffin, transforms into a bat or mist or a wolf.
- Share the daily life of the vampire–it’s interesting to readers.
- Pay attention to the time the book was written in, adding details of that era.
- Decide what type of vampires are in your story and stick with that. Are they evil? Mindless? Bloodthirsty beasts? Or everyday people with one odd characteristic?
- Give your vampire(s) a demonstrable personality that’s interesting to read about.
- Fantasy tips:
Reedsy is fast becoming one of my favorite writing tip folks, with well-developed articles and thorough webinars. They have a great article on writing fantasy. Here are five of their thirteen tips. Click through for more tips and the amazing supporting detail.
- Define the setting of your novel
- Develop your fantasy world through short stories
- Create rules for your universe
- Obey your own worldbuilding laws
- Craft a plot worthy of the world
BTW: If the book you’ve written fits into any of these W-Z genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include you, the book title, and where to purchase it.
@reedsyhq #vampire #fantasy
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Fall 2022.