Posted on 11/11/2019 at 11:25 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

No matter what you’re writing, it can be hard to quiet the critical voices in your head as you work.

Someone writing about the dark side of humanity might find those voices arguing that they shouldn’t cross a certain line … or those voices might use their research against them, pointing out how horrible the real world actually is.

David Wright has written over thirty novels, many of which fall under horror or thriller, but he’s also put out a new nonfiction book called Into the Darkness: Hook Your Readers Without Getting Lost in the Dark.

He and Joanna Penn discuss some of the advice in the book on handling the urge to self-censor, on keeping one’s spirits up in the face of real-life darkness, and on healing or coping by writing horror.

You can read a transcript of or listen to that conversation on The Creative Penn.

(PS: Crime author Garry Disher describes dealing with readers who demand to know how he could write horrible things in the Guardian.)

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