I finished the edits on my short story, but after a few beta readers, I decided that I will be turning it into a novella. The main problem afterward was that I needed a new short horror story to submit to the anthology.
I rummaged through my brain, my memories until I came across one. I was a teenager and entered a creepy abandoned house with a few friends.
Now, I didn’t have the clearest memory of the house, so last night I went back there and stayed for an hour and a half. I took notes and a great many photos. I’m writing about those memories with a large fictional twist.
After all of this, I’ve chosen to write a different short horror story for the anthology. It will be a story about a haunted dentist’s house. As a writer, these things happen. This story even manages to scare me a little… I hope you’ll all enjoy it when the time comes for me to publish it.
While editing my short horror story for the anthology, I noticed a problem with my writing. A friend helped me see it, but I am happy I figured it out.
I have quite the problem with passive voice and showing vs telling. For instance, after noticing it, I changed this sentence, “Objects from the room were getting hurled at him by forces unknown.”
To this, “Unknown forces hurled children’s toys, books and anything heavily weighted at the monk mercilessly.”
You can see the change in quality, voice, and showing vs telling immediately can you not?
If you are a writer, remember to check your showing vs telling and look at how you are using a passive or active voice. It really makes a story more enjoyable.
I’ve been a little busy lately. Now I will only be posting once every four days. I can write more words on my projects if I post less often.
Having worked on SoI (Shadows Of Imeria) a lot, I’ve written another 12,000 words and it’s now up to 52,000 words. That’s over 50% of the word count I will need for my first draft!
My short horror story has gained 800 words or so. Currently at 4,800 words. It’s coming along slower than expected but it’s still coming along nonetheless.
Now you know why I’m not posting as often. Enjoy the rest of your day!
The deadline for the horror story to be submitted to the anthology has been extended until March 2017. With this information being released, I may be putting more than one entry into it. Each author that is submitting may only have one story chosen for the anthology but can submit as many as they wish. So whether one or none are accepted, you will be able to read at least one short horror story by yours truly.
So stay tuned, once I finish this current short story I will start on a second one to submit and maybe a third if I get them both finished fast enough.
So, you’ve heard (read) about my short horror story, but none of you have been able to read any of it. Remember that this is a work in progress and still very much in early development, but here you go.
Screams filled the dark room and bounced off the walls, a child’s screams. But they were not ordinary screams. There was a depth and violence to them that that could only be explained by one thing. This child possessed an unwelcome spirit.
The curtains remained closed and no light shone from behind them. The silhouettes of those in the room could only be seen by the intermittent flicker of a single burning candle. A Buddhist monk stood over a young boy. The purple of his robes contrasted with the pale skin of the child’s arms he held down. Water dripped from the boy onto the futon from being previously soaked with cleansing water. The exits to the room had been hastily pasted with paper seals covered in fine Japanese calligraphy. The characters read “barrier”, and prevented any evil from crossing the thresholds.
The legs of the child were flailing about. Objects in the room were shaking as though the earth was quaking beneath them. This was all just the power of the spirit inside this poor boy. The monk closed his eyes, he held the child down, his stomach being kicked as the child thrashed his legs. Objects from the room were getting hurled at him by forces unknown.
I finally have my computer back, repaired and upgraded. While it was having this stuff done to it over four days I wrote more than I expected I would from my phone. Now that I have the computer back I have started to move the pieces of writing from my phone onto my computer. After editing the pieces that I could add at this point in time I realized I wrote some good content.
I may have written under a thousand words, but those words still allowed me to make progress.
I am working on a short horror story based in Japan. The story follows a Buddhist monk and exorcist as he faces the most dangerous threat the world has ever seen.
This short story will be submitted to be reviewed for an anthology in November. If I make the cut, I’ll finally be a published author. If I don’t make the cut, the story will be released on this blog for you all to read for free.