6 elements of writing a thriller

6 Elements of Writing a Thriller

It’s no surprise that many thriller novels have been made into films, as they’ve got all the ingredients for a good cinematic experience. This is a big genre in fiction, but here are six elements to help you write a thriller…

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Neo-noir

Writer’s Glossary: Neo-noir

Today in writer’s glossary… Neo-noir Neo-noir is a film genre, which refers to films made after the golden age of film noir, which many say began with The Maltese Falcon (1941). Some mark Orson Welles’ A Touch of Evil (1958) as the last true film noir and anything after that is dubbed neo-noir. Neo-noir films have…

elements of noir fiction

11 Elements of Writing Noir

Noir has its roots in hardboiled fiction, such as Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain. This detective fiction then influenced cinema and became film noir, developing the tropes we’re familiar with from Humphrey Bogart and co. Cinema then influenced fiction again to create noir fiction, which differs from hardboiled, as it doesn’t put the detective…

Elements of dystopian fiction

6 Elements of Dystopian Fiction

It seems that writing a dystopian YA novel, is the golden ticket to a film trilogy in Hollywood. Well, it may be too late to jump on the YA train, as it must be reaching dystopian saturation, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t avenues to explore in other fiction markets. Dystopian fiction considers current day issues and takes them to a nightmarish conclusion. What if reality TV was fought to the death? The Hunger Games.

Writer’s Glossary: Requiem Fantasy

Today on the Writer’s Glossary… Requiem Fantasy: This is a term I came across about fifteen years ago to describe a particular, and possibly under explored, genre of fantasy writing. Unlike the Gothic style of daemons falling into particular categories such as the Vampire, Werewolf or Mummy, requiem fantasy instead takes its inspiration from the…

Writing Steampunk Women

When it comes to genre fiction, women are often sidelined. Women rarely get to be in the sci-fi spotlight and are often cast in the supporting role in fantasy, as the heroes take control. The only place girls get to take the lead is when it’s a supernatural romance and even then they could be…

5 Elements of Cyberpunk

First of all, what is Cyberpunk? This sub-genre of science fiction focuses on a dystopian earth whose inhabitants are, mostly-speaking, techno-punks – criminals, misfits, or disillusioned geniuses who utilise cyberspace as their playground. The genre can be found in all areas of media entertainment: books, films and games, including board and role-playing games, and has…