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"I was part of one of Tim's writing workshops more years ago than I care to acknowledge. Soon after completing it, I began to sell professionally. Coincidence? I think not!" --Dave Creek, author of 40 science fiction and mystery short stories and 14 books

"I still refer to handwritten notes I scribbled down as fast as I could during one of Tim's horror-writing classes. Absolutely incisive insights and practical know-how." --Tom Leveen, Bram Stoker finalist and author of Hellworld

"As soon as I heard Waggoner was creating a book on writing craft, I knew I was buying it. His insights are gold." --Jay Wilburn, author of the Maidens of Zombie Kingdom trilogy

"For some years now, Tim Waggoner's Writing in the Dark has been my go-to blog for sensible, actionable, sustainable tips for writers. Scarily good advice." --Lee Murray, author of The Path of Ra series

"As a true newbie, I really didn't know much about the writing world. Tim was my HWA mentor in 2017. During our four months together, he critiqued three of my short stories and the beginnings of a novel. His advice was always on point with an eye toward pacing and story arc (my weaknesses). His advice is straightforward without being either condescending or cruel. Since working with Tim, I've had three short stories published (one at professional rates) and have drafted and revised my novel." --Valerie B. Williams, writer of dark fiction and two-time survivor of Borderlands Boot Camp

"Tim's writing advice and lessons are simple, straightforward and always actionable. I must admit to having cribbed some of his approaches in my own classroom from time to time and, as all teachers know, theft is the best compliment we can give." --Anthony Klancar, High School English Teacher

"Tim helped me find the writer in me. He encouraged me to appreciate and trust my voice to tell my stories." --Patti Balster, Student

"When I engage with Tim Waggoner's writing advice, I can be sure it will be useful and practical. While realistic and sobering, his advice does so in a way that isn't discouraging or downbeat. It gives me a renewed sense of hope and new ideas to try that I hadn't considered before." --Eva V. Roslin, Librarian

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Guide Dog Books; Illustrated edition (September 16, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 236 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1947879235
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1947879232
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.37 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.5 x 0.56 x 9.25 inches
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Tim Waggoner’s first novel came out in 2001, and he’s published close to fifty novels and seven collections of short stories since. He writes original fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins. His novels include Like Death, considered a modern classic in the genre, and the popular Nekropolis series of urban fantasy novels. He’s written tie-in fiction for Supernatural, Alien, Grimm, the X-Files, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Transformers, among others. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Journal, and Writer’s Workshop of Horror. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award and been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, the Scribe Award, and the Splatterpunk Award. In addition to writing, Tim is also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for Horror Writers
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4.0 out of 5 stars An easy-to-read guide
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mine of Information for every Horror Writer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Um dos melhores livros sobre escrita de terror
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5.0 out of 5 stars Um dos melhores livros sobre escrita de terror
Reviewed in Brazil on June 25, 2021
Sendo escritor em vários gêneros literários, sempre procuro ler livros de escrita criativa para melhorar meus textos. Enquanto existem dezenas de obras desse tipo, a maioria traz pouca coisa de útil: na melhor das hipóteses, é algo requentado de livros anteriores e melhores. No caso da ficção de terror, a situação é ainda pior, com pouquíssimo material que vale uma leitura.

Felizmente, WRITING IN THE DARK, de Tim Waggoner, não se encaixa nesse tipo. Waggoner é um autor veterano e premiado de contos, novelas e romances de terror (além de professor de escrita criativa) e que usa toda a sua experiência para guiar o leitor (e provável escritor) na tarefa de escrever um bom texto, analisando desde o motivo de se escrever terror, como evitar clichês, técnicas literárias etc. Além disso, cada capítulo traz exercícios para ajudar a desenvolver a escrita, assim como também duas perguntas feitas a autores e editores da área: 1) o que faz uma boa história de horror/suspense/dark fantasy e 2) qual é o melhor conselho que você pode dar a um escritor iniciante. As respostas tão diversas se transformam em dicas valiosas aos leitores.

WRITING IN THE DARK é um verdadeiro curso de como escrever uma boa história de terror, tanto para os que estão começando quanto para os que já tem algum certo tempo de estrada, como é o meu caso.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful conversation with a writer who's been in the business and really knows his stuff.
Reviewed in Australia on October 12, 2020
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