And I shall post one of the results I wrote here for your entertainment, seeing as I haven't done a snippet in awhile.
One of the lectures was on "How to Scare People" with the handsome and hard-working Dan Wells. If you haven't read Dan's books, you should be, because damn. So he pointed out that you need to give the reader time to concoct the monster in their head--and then you have to outdo it. If they understand it, then they guessed what you're going to do and they'll be disappointed. Subvert expectations. Hannibal Lecter is scary because he's so normal. He could be your Uncle Phil. However, you guys don't get that one, because I'm entering it in the new 99Fiction contest (you may have to join the site to see the link).
We also had a "Writing Humor" lecture from the handsome and hard-working Howard Tayler. I believe the object of this exercise was to write a piece that was just dialogue, and also funny, that would tell us who these people were, where they were, and what they were doing, with no descriptors. So, I'll slide that under the cut because, while it's not really long, per se, it does take up a lot of space, because All Dialogue.
( See if you can guess who this is...Collapse )