Getting Started with Your Vampire Story
You know, it would not sound surprising to me if you asked someone for proper ways on how to write a vampire novel and that person, with a glance of sarcastic confusion & a glimpse of astonishment in their eyes, responding, “How do you roast chicken?”
In case you happen to be lost over here, the point I am trying to make is that just like there are millions and zillions of ways for making roasted chicken, there are endless and numerous ways to write a vampire novel. Ok so yes, let us compare the metaphor of roasting a chicken & how to write a vampire novel to clarify things a bit.
Steps for Writing a Vampire Novel
Yes I agree that while many innovations have penetrated their way into the realm of vampirism and such dark dwellings, you still need to hold on to some of the basics & steps to write a vampire novel.
- Just like you need the juicy drumstick to dig your teeth into for the chicken, you definitely need a satin like silky skinned neck (preferably female neck) to dig your fangs into.
- Yup, definitely not too much of heat; overheating will destroy your chicken meal and will definitely melt or even blow away your vampire character. So yeah, go easy on the temperature bit *wink*
- Oh yes, that brings us to the fangs; just like you need those honey wings on the chicken, you need your vamp to have a crazy pair of fangs. Not necessarily sharpened like Jack the Ripper’s tools or gadgets, but sharp & prominent enough to give off the vampirism aura & vibe.
- And of course, we are not kids anymore, just like you love that honey & cream smothered across the roasted chicken chest, you definitely love that element of seduction that vampire novels come infested with; the perky nipples, the latex attire, the 7/10 waist line, the full hips, the rosy lips etc.
- Oh and yes, how can we ever forget the common element of blood; both the chicken and the “chicken” (the chick being bitten on by the vampire) need to have blood oozing out of them at some point of the whole drama.
Best way to write a vampire novel
But see, here is what I love & what fascinates me so much about ideas for a vampire story these days; the fact that you do not have to conform to those specific vampire “traits” anymore; the freedom is at your disposal waiting to be utilized to the max people!
We have all seen those Dracula and vampire movies with whiter than white skinned, darker than dark eye-browed, redder than red lipped creatures would either simply rise up stiff-backed or at times crawl out of a creaking coffin. Hell no, those days are long gone my friend. Sure they would scare the living hell out of a 5 or 7 year old, but even that does not work many a times now.
Look at how the whole Twilight saga has changed the imagery & perception of vampirism. Anyone wanting to learn how to write a vampire novel could gain so much from just this series alone.
Till only a little while back in the past, it would have been considered absolutely insane and baloney if someone wanted to depict a young vampire male walking out in the sun to show off his sparkly abs to a mortal young girl who happens to admire him; such ideas for a vampire story would simply just not have worked out till a little while ago. But they do now; and they work like an epidemic; viewers & readers (alike) love change and appreciate the drift away from conformity provided that it is brought about in a reasonable & rational manner.
How do you write a vampire novel?
Ok first off, determine the persona and identity of your vampire character. Is it supposed to be a sexy blonde yet intelligent chic like Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Is it supposed to be some chastity preserving lover boy like Edward from Twilight who will simply not go to bed with the girl who wants him as bad as bad can be just because he holds on to his “primitive” moral values & ethics of courting a lady before marrying or kissing her?
Or how about Brad Pitt from “Interview with the Vampire”; I mean sure Brad’s character was as lustful & murky as any other of his being, but he had a purpose in mind. And that purpose was to share his story with the world. And while you have Brad Pitt’s character from Interview with the Vampire who like to share their stories with genius journalists in seclusion, you also have the sorts of Lestat from Queen of the Damned who not only reveals his own identity to the public at large but also dares & threatens others of his own kind to do the same; otherwise he would reveal them himself. And guess what, just for being that daring & outgoing and even though Lestat was technically breaking the rules of vampirism to maintain secrecy, he still got crowned by the Queen and was gifted with the ability to become one of the “day walkers”.
So you see, there really is no one way of approaching a vampire novel. How to write a vampire novel should be your call because firstly, it is your creation, and secondly, because it is yours for the writing. You can make it as dark as you want it or as mesmerizing as you would like the audience to perceive it as. Just to help you out a bit, I have gathered some titles of some books pertaining to vampirism that people have bought, read and even turned into movies over time.
Best vampire books and novels
- Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
- Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
- Frostbite by Richelle Mead
- Vampire Forensics; Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend by Mark Jenkins
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice by Christopher Pike
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Demon From the Dark by Kresley Cole
- Haunted Honeymoon by Marta Acosta
- The Passage by Justin Cronin
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
- Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh
- River Marked by Patricia Briggs
- Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward
- Magic Bleeds by Ilona Anadrews
A few afterthought ideas for your vampire novel
So with such great reference material and also movies readily available at your disposal, inking your own genuine vampire novel should be a piece of cake. And, just in case nothing works and you find yourself in the pit holes of the writer’s block, perhaps a late night walk close to midnight hour through the cemetery might not be such a bad idea; who knows, you might actually end up meeting Lestat or another of his kind wanting to share the hundreds of years of stories he or she has always wanted the world to hear about.