First and foremost you should try to read books in the genre. Pay attention to the things that bring atmosphere to a book, because no other book is as much about atmosphere as the Gothic. I try to focus on
the sensory aspects of the world I’m building. The rustle of fabric, the wind in the trees, branches banging against the windows, candlelight flickering against old wallpaper. Even in bright sunlight, a Gothic is all
about foreboding, and that feeling, that feeling that something is coming, can be alluded to and built by using sensory details.
2nd. what is your general writing advice for these who are wants to write butdon't know where to begin?
Well, you have to begin with a story, but beyond that, you have to do it. You have to write something. And most importantly, you have to finish something. I was always a dabbler. I’d start things, get bored, and
start something new. But the turning point for me came when I made a promise to myself to actually FINISH a whole book. It was hard! There were many, many time I grew bored or frustrated and wanted to
quit. But forcing myself to write through those times to the conclusion of the book made all the difference. It taught me more about the craft of novel writing than anything else I’d ever read or done. I think it’s
really the only way to get a big-picture perspective on how to piece together a novel-length story.
Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy, Book I)
by Michelle Zink
Little Brown Books for Young Readers
And coming, August 1st, the highly anticipated sequel to Prophecy of the Sisters, Guardian of the Gate (Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy, Book II)