I keep drawing Noodle like this when it’s sunny out.
Now I wanna drink orange cush and sit around in a kiddy pool.
Art is hard and you never cease to learn something new everyday. There is no artist that hasnt encountered a wall, dont turn around, climb it. Believe you can.
a new zine called shitty horoscopes that i’ll be premiering this year at the Toronto Queer Zine Fair, among other things! hopefully i’ll make volumes available for online purchase soon. credit where credit is due: this was inspired by the huge number of made-up horoscopes floating around tumblr lately, and angry-poems.
yup, the Libra one is pretty accurate
i can’t believe i filled up the entire page
Sorry for not uploading anything in a while and sorry for being in 10000 fandoms. I think i like the colouring in PS more than SAI though
One of my favorite genres is horror. I haven’t written a horror novel yet, but I love reading them and I love anything that has to do with horror films. And now it’s almost that time of year to get completely overwhelmed by the horror genre. Hopefully this beginner’s guide will help out.
“The three types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it’s when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it’s when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there’s nothing there …” — Stephen King
The key to writing good horror is learning how to create tension and suspense. These two terms go hand in hand with writing horror. Here’s a little big about each of these terms:
Tension creates the feeling you get when you know something bad is going to happen. If you put in the right details, your readers will feel tense when they read your story. They’ll anticipate something awful happening and will be unsure of when it will actually happen. Tension is mental or emotional strain in a story.
Suspense is a state of feeling excited or anxious and having uncertainty about what’s going to happen next. Tension creates suspense and they go hand in hand. Suspense is created when the audience is on edge and wants to know what the outcome of certain situations will be. A cliffhanger at the end of a chapter, for example, will build suspense. You’ll need to build suspense if you want your story to stay exciting.
While most stories have suspense and tension, the horror genre depends on these elements to be successful. A story becomes frightening when the audience feels anxious. Fear can be at the heart of every story if you look deep enough, so horror stories thrive on basic human emotions.
Here are a few more elements you should pay attention to for horror:
One of the biggest flaws of horror stories are the lack of likable and relatable characters. Some writers feel that it’s easier to watch unsavory characters die, but I think that’s a mistake. Your audience won’t feel anything when a character is killed off if they don’t form a relationship with your characters first. I think Saw works, for example, because we’re able to see typically “bad” characters in a sympathetic light. Try to build sympathy for your characters and humanize them in a way your audience will understand. I’m not saying your main character should be a nun in order to gain sympathy, but there should be something about them that your readers can relate to.
You cannot write horror without considering atmosphere. You need to know where your story is taking place and how those locations will help you build your story and create tension and suspense. Even ordinary locations can create an unsettling feeling if you use them right. Consider your story’s environment and focus on the feel of your novel. Feeling is very important in horror. Use your five senses.
Timing is essential in horror novels. This is when it’s perfectly acceptable, even encouraged, to slow down the pacing and let your readers simmer in uncertainty. A story becomes scarier if you have to wait to find out what happens and when you reveal information is of utmost important. Take your time with the build-up and your story will drastically improve by taking those simple steps. Wait!
Don’t Forget to Learn About Horror Cliches!
I sure I don’t need to tell you that the horror genre is riddled with cliches. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. How you use them will determine if your story is successful or not. Here are a few to watch out for:
The Main Character is “Crazy” your character suffers from some sort of illness that makes them believe everything is happening to them, but they’re actually the villain. Not only is this insensitive to people who are suffering from said illnesses, but it’s been done to death. If that’s your twist, your readers will figure it out in a second and feel disappointed that they wasted their time.
The Main Character is Dead this was a great twist back in the 90s, but now it’s feeling dated. This is usually the second thing your readers will guess in terms of twists, so it won’t surprise anyone. If there’s a way you feel you can reinvent the cliche, then go for it.
This House is Super Cheap! How many times have we read a horror book or film where the house someone buys is super cheap because someone died in it and they’re like “I’m sure it’ll be fine”. I love the haunted house angle, but there should be a reason why those people need to live in that house. Take the time to figure out a plausible reason. Poltergeist is a great example of making it work.
Senseless Violence blood and guts are synonymous with horror, but they don’t do much to build tension and suspense. There’s also the no-motive cliche where the villain has no reason for doing what they’re doing. These ideas can work, and have worked, but there should be more to your story. Figure out what gives your story some depth.
Some cliches are the product of lazy writing, so take the opportunity when you can to step away from these story lines. Like I said, they can work, but you need to put your own twist on it. Reimagine cliches and make them feel fresh. Ultimately, do what works best for your story.
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