Guillermo del Toro’s 3 Tips for Making a Good Horror Movie, Adapted to Blogging*

1. Have emotionally relatable characters.

2. Use your voice in your storytelling.

  1. Write with the intention of writing well. Concentrate on quality while you write. Your first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, but continually publishing posts that have poor grammar, poor spelling, and a lack of attention to formatting will alienate readers and distract from your writing’s goal.
  2. Edit your writing. It’s one thing to throw up an easy blog post, but it’s quite another to throw up an easy blog post presented as a one-sentence, 25-line-long block of text that abuses the uses of their, they’re, and there. Editing is where the majority of writing happens, and it will lend your voice clarity and authority. Learn to embrace it, because it will bring readers back to your yard.
  3. Read your writing out loud when you edit. If you stumble over anything while you say it out loud, edit it, even if you love, love, love that line like it were your first born. When you speak your writing out loud, things like clumsy sentence structure and missing or extra words will leap out better than when you do a visual scan of your words alone.

3. Find new ways to tell classic stories. Be surprising.

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Elan Morgan (Schmutzie)

Elan Morgan (Schmutzie)

Writer and Web Designer. See also: lover, fighter, object of subjectivity. https://schmutzie.com and https://elan.works.

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