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Top Ten Tips for Writing Paranormal Novels

Writing paranormal novels can be fun. When I first started writing stories with paranormal elements, I thought I had to stick to the rules. I began to read other paranormal novels and they included various elements like romance and supernatural ones. Today, I’m sharing some tips that have helped me along the way when writing paranormal novels.

  • Characters-Creating characters is exciting when you start a new novel. I found the Writer’s Guide to Character Traits by Dr. Linda Edelstein to be helpful when it came to character traits during character creation. I always create a character sketch for every character I create whether they stay in the final story or not. This will help you when you start writing. Also, it will come in handy if you are writing a series and can’t remember something about your character.
  • Plot-One thing to consider that is important is if your plot is a stand-alone or a series. I usually have decided this while I’m creating my outline. Sometimes it doesn’t happen at this stage. It might hit you when you are nearing the end of the novel that you can tell the stories of some of the other characters because they are linked to your main character’s story.
  • Research-This is something that needs to be done no matter what genre you write. Not doing research can lead to readers pointing out things that are not right in your story unless you mean to go against the norm of the paranormal elements you are writing about.
  • Genre-Within genres like the paranormal genre there are rules for writers. I believe in bending those rules just a little bit to make my stories different from others. I don’t see anything wrong with paranormal stories having a bit of fantasy or romance in them if they are right for the story and make sense.
  • World-building-This can be done when using a real location as well as when creating a fictional location. You can create a world within the world of the real location. Creating a fictional world to me is a bit more fun than using a real location sometimes. With the real location, you need to get things right when it comes where landmarks, streets, and other places are within the city. Building a fictional world takes a bit more time but is fun because you are in control of how you want things set up.
  • Timeline-Creating a timeline is helpful in so many ways. Having one keeps you on track for depicting major events within your story. I create timelines not only for the fictional worlds I create but also the ones where I use a real city or town like New Orleans or Savannah.
  • Be unique-This is important as well. You want to create a story that sticks to the rules of whatever genre you are writing in but add an element that gives it a new twist. For example, in the Twilight series, the new twist or element added by the author was that the vampires glittered or shimmered like diamonds in the sunlight. Don’t be afraid to be different or unique when telling your story.
  • Series-If you decide to write a series make sure your story arc (main plot) can carry over a certain number of books. Also, set up the books in the series as individual stories with their own plot but tied to the story arc (main plot).
  • Setting-Do your research when it comes to setting (location). This is important, especially when using a real town like New Orleans as your setting. With a fictional town, you have a little more room to be creative.
  • Don’t just stick to paranormal story elements-When writing your story don’t be afraid to add other story elements like supernatural ones. Also, you don’t have to include romance if it doesn’t fit the story you are wanting to write. A book that I found useful when adding other elements like supernatural ones to my stories was Writing the Paranormal Novel: Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements into Your Story by Steve Harper.

Hope you enjoyed reading these tips and they help you in some way when writing your story. I enjoyed putting together the tips to share with you. I look forward to your comments.

 
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Posted by on 04/23/2019 in Resources

 

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Writing Process Blog Tour

I got tagged to write about my writing process by my friend and fellow writer Nancy Gray who was one of the top 5 finalists in The Dark Crystal Author Quest.  So, here I go…

What am I working on?

My current project is a young adult fantasy/horror series. It’s about two vampire siblings who are living in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina and an old enemy resurfaces to try and finish what was started with their parents. The first book is about them surviving the hurricane and dealing with the old enemy returning. The second book deals with their back story and what happened to their parents. The third and final book sees the end of the enemy and their coven moving on.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, it’s similar to the Twilight series but with one exception my vampires don’t sparkle and they get along with the wolves from day one. The vampires and wolves in my series are a combination of a lot different types that are out there. I couldn’t say that they are more like what we think vampires and wolves are based on lore. My characters are modern because they live in modern times but at the same time they are very old.

Why do I write what I do?

I write because I love it. Writing is something that I love to do and I’m not doing it just to try and get published. I hope to one day be a published author. The writing gives me an escape from the real world for a little while. I love to get into the lives of my characters and start writing their stories. I write Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Steampunk, and Urban Fantasy genres because they are my favorite genres to read.

How does my writing process work?

When an idea hits me I start an outline and keep a notebook handy to jot down notes. Then, I move onto to creating a mind map of the story from the outline and the notes. After that, I set up the timeline and the world they’ll be living in. When most of that is done I start writing.

Okay, that’s it for my entry. I would have tagged someone but there are way too many to do that. So, I’m throwing out the invite to everyone to write an entry about your writing process. If you choose to participate please share the link here in the comments. 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on 08/04/2014 in blog hops, Writing

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Fairies

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This is my first year participating in the A to Z Challenge. The list of participants can be found here. Thanks to Arlee Bird and the co-hosts for hosting this awesome challenge. Check out the site here.

I’m also participating in a mini-hop that got started on theme reveal day when a few of us realized we had similar themes.  It’s called Supernatural A to Z. Click below to check out the list of participants.  🙂

 

Fairies are the topic of the day. The Fae are creatures linked to European folklore. They can resemble various creatures from other mythologies. Some traditions use the term wee folk to describe the Fae. They are described as looking like humans and having magical powers. It is said that cold iron can be used to defeat the Fae. It is like poison to them. One thing that is common in the lore that stems from Celtic nations is that the Fae were driven into hiding by humans.

Some of my favorite books or shows are The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, True Blood, and Supernatural. They have each featured the Fae at some point or another.

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Posted by on 04/07/2014 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Elves

E This is my first year participating in the A to Z Challenge. The list of participants can be found here. Thanks to Arlee Bird and the co-hosts for hosting this awesome challenge. Check out the site here. I’m also participating in a mini-hop that got started on theme reveal day when a few of us realized we had similar themes.  It’s called Supernatural A to Z. Click below to check out the list of participants.  🙂

Today’s wonderful creature is Elves. The elf is from Germanic mythology and folklore. The The early elves lore is dependent on Norse mythology. They were known to have magical skills. There are believed to be two types of elves. One type is light and the other is dark. The dark elves were referred to as Dwarves by historian and mythographer Snorri Sturluson  Sturluson referred to the other elves as light elves. It is believed that Freyr, the god of fertility was tied to the elves by being given lordship of them. Want to find out more elves you can click here. For info on elves of middle of earth you can click here or here.

My favorite elf is Legolas from Lord of the Rings.

 
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Posted by on 04/05/2014 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Dragons

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This is my first year participating in the A to Z Challenge. The list of participants can be found here. Thanks to Arlee Bird and the co-hosts for hosting this awesome challenge. Check out the site here.

I’m also participating in a mini-hop that got started on theme reveal day when a few of us realized we had similar themes.  It’s called Supernatural A to Z. Click below to check out the list of participants.  🙂

 

Dragons are the creature of the day. They are depicted as animals with reptilian or serpentine traits. The dragon is featured in many cultures. The main ones are the European dragons (European Folklore, Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies), and the Chinese dragon with counterparts in Japan (Japanese dragon), Korea and other East Asian countries. Dragons are one of the few supernatural creatures I like. I’ve always been fascinated by the mystery of them.

They are featured in movies such as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Books Like The Harry Potter Series, and A Song of Ice and Fire (Game Of Thrones)

 

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Finally, there is the game Dungeons and Dragons.

 

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Posted by on 04/04/2014 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Changelings

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This is my first year participating in the A to Z Challenge. The list of participants can be found here. Thanks to Arlee Bird and the co-hosts for hosting this awesome challenge. Check out the site here.

I’m also participating in a mini-hop that got started on theme reveal day when a few of us realized we had similar themes.  It’s called Supernatural A to Z. Click below to check out the list of participants.  🙂

 

 

Today’s creature is Changelings. Folklore has them being the offspring of fairies, trolls, elves, or other legendary creatures. The legend is they are left in the place of human children.  In Scottish folklore, it’s believed that children were taken as replacements for fairy children.  In other lore, the belief was that human milk was a necessity for fairy children to survive.  There is so much lore out there about Changelings, it makes me wonder if they aren’t walking among us even now.

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Posted by on 04/03/2014 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Banshees

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The list of participants can be found here. Thanks to Arlee Bird and the co-hosts for hosting this awesome challenge. Check out the site here.

I’m also participating in a mini-hop that got started on theme reveal day when a few of us realized we had similar themes. It’s called Supernatural A to Z. Click below to check out the list of participants. 🙂

 Day 2 is upon us and what will be the topic of the day I wonder. How about Banshees.  They are considered death omens.  They can be heard keening when someone is about to or has died. It’s the way they mourn the loss. The lore begins that they were Fairy women. They are believed to be Sidhe.  They can appear in many guises but mostly are seen as hags.  They have been featured on many different tv shows such as Charmed. I believe in one of the episode one of the sisters was changing into one.  In Marvel Comics Banshee is the code name for Sean Cassidy.

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Posted by on 04/02/2014 in blog hops

 

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#AtoZChallenge: Angels

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This is my first year participating in the A to Z Challenge. The list of participants can be found here. Thanks to Arlee Bird and the co-hosts for hosting this awesome challenge. Check out the site here.

I’m also participating in a mini-hop that got started on theme reveal day when a few of us realized we had similar themes.  It’s called Supernatural A to Z. Click below to check out the list of participants.  🙂

Now onto the topic of the day and that is Angels. What we know about them comes from many different religions. People are taught to believe that they are good and watch over us. Angels have a hierarchy system for lack of a better term. We have Archangels, Nephilim, and Seraphs to list just a few.

Nephilim are the offspring of humans and angels.  Archangels are angels with high rank. The four that are talked about are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Lucifer. Lucifer is considered to be a Archangel even though he is a fallen angel. Seraphs are a higher class of angel. They rank above normal angels in the hierarchy.

My favorite fictional angels are or were on my favorite tv show Supernatural. They are ranked below.  I like the actors who portray them.

1. Castiel

2. Balthazar

3. Gabriel

The three angels are my favorites because of the actors who portray or has portrayed them. If you’re a fan of the show then you know what I’m talking about. 1 is still part of the show. 2 and 3 were killed during seasons and 5 and 6. I must admit I kinda wanted to add Lucifer to the list as number 4 and as with the others it has to do with the actor who portrayed him.

 

 
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Posted by on 04/01/2014 in blog hops

 

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