6 Tips for Writing a Contemporary Ghost Story

We have always had to grapple with death and what (if anything) happens to us after our physical body dies, and ghost stories are an excellent way to examine such a difficult topic. From The Odyssey to A Christmas Carol to The Shining to Belovedghosts haunt our literary landscape.

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But how do we write a ghost story in the 21st century? How do we bring spirits into a modern age where we are often quick to dismiss the supernatural?

When I was drafting The Ghosts of Rose Hillmy YA magical realism novel in verse, I started out by asking myself questions about the nature of the ghosts I wanted to write about—and what I wanted to say about life, death, and memory, concepts all heavily linked to hauntings.


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