Not-So-Scary Writing Tips for Horror Stories

imagesHalloween is approaching and there is no better way to get in the Halloween mood than to write a horror story. Even if you don’t normally write horror stories, we suggest you try writing one to get yourself in the Halloween spirit (no pun intended there). To get you started, we have listed some tips for writing these types of stories.

What’s Your Fear?: Are you afraid of spiders, clowns, or monsters under your bed? Use one of your fears to fuel a horror story. It won’t be hard to make your story realistic because you already know what that fear feels like.

Avoid Clichés: Starting your story with, “It was a dark and stormy night,” is not the way to write an original story. Think of ideas you haven’t seen done before to avoid a predictable story.

Relatable Characters: You want your readers to care if someone is afraid or if someone dies, so make your characters realistic and relatable.

Get Inspired: Study the writing of the greats like Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft. They have paved the way in this genre and you will be able to learn a lot from them.

All Good Things Must Come To An End: You can write the best story that terrifies and excites your readers, but if the ending falls flat that will be what sticks. Consider adding a twist at the end. Make it fit with the rest of the story, but still have it be something the reader will not expect.

Good luck channeling your inner Stephen King and have a wonderful Halloween!

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