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On 10/20 I will be giving a talk (as part of a panel) about adding the Supernatural to your fiction.  I am one of three writters givien the talk and we each have to talk for about 10 minuts. 

Here is the problem - I don't know how to intergrate the supernatural into my fiction - I've almost never written anything WITHOUT a supernatural aspect to it.  

So what do I say?

Or waht would you say? 

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bodgei
Sep. 27th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
umm... The Supernatural - not the show Supernatural...

I think I'm talking abotu intergrating elements of fantsy into modern writting?
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bodgei
Sep. 27th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
It's OK I don't think I was very spacific.

Tell me why you liek reading it...

I have no idea how NOT to do it so maybe between the two of us?
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bodgei
Sep. 28th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
hehe he - I know what you mean about blood and guts I say to people "I don't really watch Horror I watch Supernatural Trillers" and "I don't write Horror I write Dark Urban Fantasy"

PS I need to e-mail you about WfmbM... I'm stuck again.
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bodgei
Sep. 29th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
I just need pokeing...
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bodgei
Sep. 29th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
I think Jordan needs some pokeing too. I did start a Christmas Story...
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bodgei
Sep. 29th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
Jordan says "I like being poked"
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bodgei
Sep. 29th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
he says somethgn about wanting kids...
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bodgei
Sep. 30th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
Yeah. I have no idea what their kid woudl be though. Little wolf kid or normal kid... not that Autumn is all that normal.
jenni_fromtexas
Sep. 27th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)
Wow, that's a tough one. I've always written in the horror genre too and can't imagine not having some supernatural element to a story. Well, I don't know if any of this is going to make sense (it's like, 6:30 in the morning for me here, LOL) but here goes...

Setting / Atmosphere - I always think of the creepiest places, from your standard scary home to grave yards, and the most ominous elements added to any given scene. Especially weather: wind, fog, overcast skies, the beginnings of a storm, like thunder.

Characters - Besides our main heroes, there's always the assortment of odd townspeople who may or may not be evil, hiding a secret, or innocent but really scary looking with all kinds of issued warnings about them (the "Boo Radley" type). There are also the weirdo doomsayers: the human portents of evil. And then there are my personal favorites: the lineup of victims. Muhwawahwah. And if there are victims, there's a big baddie, the villain that can be either supernatural in and that of itself, infused with supernatural evil (like a bad guy returning from the dead)driven by (or controlled by) evil forces, or just pure psycho. As for the heroes themselves, some are the born-hero types, and then you have the reluctant heroes, the ones on the "heroes journey".

Legend / History - Particularly in the fandom we write for, there's always the "urban legend" connection, or in other types of stories, it would be the backstory to whatever a person is writing about. It could be the history of the town, the so-called haunted house, or whatever scenery it may be, or the bad guy (whatever made the villain what he or she is), or even just the evolution of the circumstances the heroes find themselves in. For Sam and Dean it's usually some bizarre death that prompts them into any given situation. And then, you have the good 'ol epic good against evil battle, to vanquish the evil. ;)

Well, I hope this helps. I haven't read it myself yet, but Stephen King has a supposedly great book out for discussion of his writing process (http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Stephen-King/dp/0743455967/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-6861761-5970243?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190893116&sr=1-1)

Good luck with your lecture! :)


bodgei
Sep. 27th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
well you know, oddly enough, my Fictions in the Supernatural fandom have to least of all Supernatural elements in them of anything I've ever written (with the exception of a Story I have posted on l/j called 'Chaps')

the one thing I do have down in my 'talk' so far is basicly know the legends you are useing - read a lot. Reserch. Be the trusty geekboy...

Stephen King's book on writting is probalby the best thing he's ever written.

The wierd thing is that I'll be giving this talk to mystery writters. I know I'm gonna suck...
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bodgei
Sep. 28th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
It's funny I'm a terable public speaker.... so I'm all weirded out already.
didit4love
Sep. 29th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
There are things that creep us all out, but how do you effectively tell the story of it? I think that you'd have to have some kind of knowledge before the fact; meaning, you can't responsibly (and believably) write what you don't know about; be it vampires, weres, ghosts (reading literature and learning about different legends from around the world), demons (reading documented case histories [if you can get your hands on them]), lesser-known baddies (the Grim ;) ). I guess the point is to do your research (which you're really good at, BTW)! Then you can expand on them and create your own characters based on new-found (or not) knowledge.

As far as mysteries go, I've noticed through the years, that there are basic outlines that most authors use, although they all variate from one to another...Tweak them till they work out.
bodgei
Sep. 30th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
I don't read a lot of mysterys - and I've never been to a sisters in crime meeting...

I soi hate public speaking... I have no idea why I said yes to thins.
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