Writer’s block is definitely something every writer faces (some face it more frequently than others). But there are some proven strategies authors can use to overcome writer’s block and not let it throw them behind schedule or off course! We posed a question on our Twitter page, asking writers to share some of their strategies on how to overcome wrtier’s block. We received some awesome suggestions, all of which you can read HERE, but below are some of our favorites:
Definitely some great tips there! How about yourself? What are some ways you overcome writer’s block and get the ideas flowing? Let us know in the comments below!
Today we have the privelage of interviewing author Ingrid St. John! Ingrid’s debut novel, HaUNTED, was published earlier this year and falls under the horror/thriller genre. Since her childhood, Ingrid has been in love with thriller, mysteries and horror. She grew reading many different authors/genres. However, it was after watching the classic horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street that she became inspired to write her own stories. In addition to her love of writing, she is the founder of 1287 Pictures, a production company that will produce horror and thriller films.
You can learn more about her on her OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
We recently asked some authors what is their advice for writing flash fiction. Flash fiction is often described as a story that is less than 1,000 words (some magazines describe it as less than 800 words). Flash fiction is definitely a different animal than a short story, and it needs to have a different approach. Here’s some of the advice authors offered us:
- Don’t add un-necessary details or lofty description. If something is red, tell us it’s red. Don’t tell us that it “as red as a tomato’s skin”. If you take too long with the description, you won’t have enough words to tell the story.
- Flash fiction is often all about shock value. You don’t have a whole lot of time to tell a full story, so shocking or ambiguous endings are often a go-to.
- Start the story in the middle of the action.
- Use words that have a strong connotation. That way, you won’t have to describe things in as many details.
Our Editor-in-Chief, Ammar Habib, was recently interviewed by Joan from “What Editors Want You to Know”. Joan asked Ammar about some tips and advice he could offer to authors considering submitting their work to Thriller Magazine.You can read the full interview HERE, but below is a part of it. It’s a great read for those who are planning to submit their work to our publication, but also don’t forget to check out our SUBMISSION GUIDELINES! 🙂
Today we have the privilege of interviewing author Amy Grech! We had the honor of publishing her short story, “Fresh Finch” in our first issue earlier this summer, which you can read HERE!
Amy is an accomplished writer and has sold over 100 stories to various anthologies and magazines including: A New York State of Fright, Apex Magazine, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Dead Harvest, Deadman’s Tome Campfire Tales Book Two, Expiration Date, Fright Mare, Needle Magazine, Real American Horror, Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine, Space and Time Magazine, Tales from The Lake Vol. 3, and many others. New Pulp Press published her book of noir stories, Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City. She is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers. Amy currently resides in Brooklyn. To learn more about Amy, visit her website and follow Amy on Twitter at @amy_grech!
Mission Impossible: Fallout is here! The sixth film of the series, Fallout arrives hot on the heels of its positively received predecessor, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. After watching the film last night, I can honestly say that this film lives up to all the hype!
This action/espionage franchise is decades old, but it continues to up the ante with each installment, both in action and drama. This is something that Fallout demonstrates from from the get-go.
The film opens as super-agent Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) is haunted by the regrets of his past. His decades of service to his country have taken a toll on him and his psyche, and he’s had to sacrifice more than any good man should. After an early mission goes wrong, three nuclear bombs disappear and are in the hands of terrorist.
To retrieve the bombs, Ethan and his team are paired with CIA assassin August Walker (Henry Cavill). A series of events quickly puts Ethan and his team are soon put on the run from their own government. Enemies are on every side and there is nobody Ethan can trust outside of his team. Although this plot line seems to have been done in 4 of the previous 5 films, it still comes across as something fresh for the audience and the stakes seem to never have been higher.
For this week’s interview, we are honored to showcase author Gage Garza! Gage’s debut flash fiction piece “Forest Fire” was published in our first issue a couple of weeks ago (which you can read HERE). You can also connect with Gage on Twitter!
We recently ran a poll on our Twitter account asking authors how long it takes them to write a short story. Below are the results:
It looks like most people take less than 4 weeks to write a short story. For a lot of people it takes less than 1 week. That makes perfect sense since a short story is normally less than 6,000 words, so it really only takes 1 burst of momentum to get a first draft done!
What about you? How long does it take you to generally write a short story? Let us know in the comments below!
We are excited to announce that Thriller Magazine is now accepting submissions for our 2nd issue until October 15th! We’re looking for great short stories, flash fiction, poetry, artwork, and some book reviews.
Here is the link to our site, where you can read more about us, our submission guidelines, and our full first issue: thrillermagazine.org.
We’re starting a weekly series of author interviews with our first interview being today! Today we are learning about Richard Godwin. Richard is the critically acclaimed author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, Paranoia And The Destiny Programme, Wrong Crowd, Savage Highway, Ersatz World, The Pure And The Hated, Disembodied, Buffalo And Sour Mash, and Locked In Cages. His stories have been published in numerous magazines and over 34 anthologies. Richard was born in London and lectured in English and American literature at the University of London.
Negative/unfavorable reviews are a major part of any writer’s journey. Learning to deal with them in the correct way can definitely be the difference between quitting or having the tenacity to keep pushing forward. We recently polled a few authors on how they deal with negative reviews and this is some of the advice we got back:
- Keep it in perspective. No one review makes or breaks a story. If one person doesn’t like it, there are plenty who will. With a world population in the billions, there are bound to be people who love your work!
- Know the difference between a troll and a critic. Trolls are people who will blast your work with nothing but negative comments. However, a critic is a person who will mention what they liked, what they didn’t liked, and how they would have done it differently. Ignore the trolls, but take the time to read the critic’s review. You never know what you might learn.
- Be open to constructive criticism, but never let the negativity get to you. When four or five reviewers who aren’t related give you similar advice, there’s no harm in taking a good hard look at what they’re saying and deciding whether or not it needs to be applied.
- Never give up! Don’t let a negative review or two get you down. Don’t try to please anybody in your writing. Instead, be the best YOU possible!
This is some great advice that new writers can definitely learn from. Always keep moving upwards and onwards. Happy writing!
Today we are spotlighting our editor-in-chief, Ammar Habib! Ammar is a bestselling and award winning author based out of The Greater Houston Area. Ammar enjoys crafting stories that are entertaining and will stay with the reader for a long time. He holds several years of experience as an editor, both in the capacities as editing for magazines/journals and in the capacity of a freelance editor. Outside of his short stories, his published novels include The Dark Guardian Trilogy, Memories Of My Future, & Ana Rocha: Shadows of Justice.
Born in Lake Jackson, Texas in 1993, Ammar still currently resides in his hometown. Along with his career as an author, he created Thriller Magazine in the hopes of being able to help other authors get their start and grow their audience.
Ammar can be reached at email@example.com. You can also check out his words on AMAZON and GOODREADS!