A clumsy attempt at writing, including G.O.T. 2017 and Prep NaNoWriMo 2019
|How to start a scary story.
1. Choose an interesting "what if."
2. Think about all the scary things that could happen in that situation. Then think about all the ways a person could get out of that terrifying situation.
3. Who is the main character? Is it you or a fictional person?
4. Choose a scary setting. Decide where and when your story takes place.
5. How did the main character end up in the scary situation?
6. Choose a bad guy or villain. Describe this character and how he or she will provoke fear in the story.
7. Develop the plot: • What will happen? • What problems will the main character have to face?
• How will the problems be resolved? • What other characters might be involved? • What is the danger?
8. Make up a surprise ending . Good stories shock you!
The basis for writing Horror. (http://writeonsisters.com/)
The base rule of scary movies/stories: Keep it simple.
Smaller Character Goals.
One-Step Character Change.
The 4 Emotive Tools you need to employ while writing horror…
1. Unease: This sets the scene for any scary story. Nothing bad has happened to the hero yet, but the audience should get the feeling that something bad might happen. Essentially, this is atmosphere. You’re getting the reader in the mood!
2. Dread: This is a step up from unease because it is connected to an action. Dread is when something happens that in itself isn’t scary yet, but could be.
3. Terror: This is the bad thing happening! Terror is the scream! It’s the payoff of all that tense unease and rising dread.
4. Horror: This arises from contemplation. Whereas terror is in the now, horror looks back at what happened. It is what we remember when we leave the movie theatre or finish the book.
4 Basic Elements of Comedy and Horror
1. Relatability. In order for your audience to laugh or scream, they need to relate.
2. Anticipation. Now that you have a situation that your audience can relate to, which will make them laugh or scream, build up the anticipation.
3. Danger. In comedy, the danger usually isn’t life-threatening, but the character must still be terrified of whatever it is (poodle, mother-in-law, unemployment, etc). In horror, the danger is literally trying to kill the hero.
4. Surprise. This seems like an obvious one for horror; surprise is its game.