I’ve always like the philosophy behind

I've always like the philosophy behind Alfred Hitchcock's stories. So much so that I've copied his philosophy and made it my own. He took normal, well-adjusted, reasonable and reasonably happy people and threw them into situations that stretched their abilities, changed their priorities and increased their view of the world until they became different people. …

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How do I rewrite my novel using the outline I already have?

Rewriting involves rereading. And then rereading it again. And rereading it still again. And so on. Each time you read your manuscript you’ll find something that can be done differently. Better. Deleted. Added. Whatever … So simply sit down at your computer and start reading what you wrote. Soon it’ll change and become better and …

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What do I need to make a good horror/thriller story?

I’d normally not answer this kind of question because I’m not a horror writer, but I see that, so far, you’ve gotten few answers so I’ll say a couple thing. Mystery and horror are, more than most genres, driven by specific guidelines. Find a book/class/mentor who can teach you the correct way to write horror— …

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I’m writing a story and I want to use already existing characters because of the scenario. Can I do this?

I’m assuming that you mean real-life people. Yes, you can if you are very, very careful and know the law. But I don’t recommend it, for the following reasons. If the person is a well-known person who is often in the news, then, yes, you can use them if what you say is absolutely, positively …

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What do you consider the most essential steps in self-editing your writing?

 I have always self-edited. I’ve never had another editor and my work has been published in numerous places without changes. So I think I know a very small bit about self-editing. There are two things you should do: Wait long enough for your mind to get away from the ‘writer’s mindset and into the ‘reader’mindset. …

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