5* Review : Writing Dark Stories by Rayne Hall (even more #writetips!)

5* Review : Writing Dark Stories by Rayne Hall (even more #writetips!)


At £0.99 Rayne Hall does it once again with the sixth book in her writers’ craft series – a really useful book at an incredibly good price. If you’ve read Writing Scary Scenes which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago you may see some repetition in this book. This is true but personally I didn’t see it as a problem. While “Scary Scenes” goes into detail about crafting effective scenes packed with suspense and tension (including scene arc, ways of showing rather than telling etc), this book gives you a good platform to base this on.

Writing Dark Stories deals with telling the story overall so is a solid foundation for the other books (Scary Scenes, Writing Villains etc).  It also helps you with some of the other early work, including character development and setting. Rayne  provides a set of very useful descriptions of the relevant genres (Steampunk, horror, urban fantasy etc) ,the different stages or emotions within a dark story and what’s appropriate where. For example, when and how often should you aim for foreboding rather than suspense. The section on euphonics is something I will certainly be referring to and I have already scribbling down some appropriate words to use in my next project.

All this is underpinned by some very useful exercises for you to try yourself and some “real-world” examples in the form of Rayne’s short stories.

Whether you are a seasoned pro after some inspiration and practice, or a novice writer with some experience but looking for further development, you couldn’t go far wrong with this one.

Helen Treharne

I’m Helen Treharne, fiction author an creator of The Sophie Morgan Vampire Series. I live in South Wales with my husband, young son and rescue cat.
My books are available at all major digital retailers with soft back copies also available from Amazon, Createspace and other stores.
When I’m not writing fiction, I blog at www.WelshMumWriting.com, sharing my experiences of being a busy parent jugging working, writing, and more. Follow me there for my personal insights.

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