I love a good horror story: not one connected with zombies or chain saws mind, but ghosts, vampires and witches are fair game. I don’t even mind a brush with the Prince of Darkness in fiction.
So when an opportunity presented itself to submit a short story to a Halloween horror anthology, based on a ghost. Main criteria was that it had to be terrifying.
Awesome! I could do that. I write paranormal so it was just a step up, right? WRONG! I tried so many different angles, themes – you name it, I tried it. But I just couldn’t do it.
I can’t write romance either. I don’t like reading it much, which might be why I can’t write it. But I even struggle with the small amount of it I need in historical novels and short stories. They are based on real life so romance happens. I just put in as much as necessary to make the story work. But its not easy for me.
There is, however, one genre I battle with that I want to master: children’s literature. I’ve got a great idea (I think) and I’ve tried to write it several times. But I find myself going back to the writing style I always use, which is just not suitable for children to understand.
I had resigned myself to abandoning the idea. But I now have my first two grandchildren arriving before Christmas (no, not twins) and I would love to write it for them. I have seen courses around to help with this genre so I might need to look into those. And I’m sure I could get books on how to do it. There may even be YouTube shows on it. I welcome any suggestions you guys might have.
Kerry A Waight - Author
A writer of historical fiction and paranormal stories.