Writing horror stories can be fun and takes some work, but it's worth it once you have let your imagination run wild.
In this post I ask, and attempt to answer, two questions: What is it supposed to accomplish? The Purpose of a Horror Story What is a good horror story supposed to do? What is its function?
The hero does something normal. Perhaps the hero goes on a date, perhaps they meet friends, perhaps they go on a road trip. This is a great place to introduce your characters.
Foreshadow the dangers to come. A mother plays a game of hide-and-seek with her children. This example is, in part, based on this.
The college students on the road trip get lost. At some point in the first act the theme or moral might be stated. Warning Something happens that would give a reasonable person second thoughts about the wisdom of going forward.
For instance, when college students pull up at a gas station looking for gas and directions they are berated then given directions by someone wearing worn overalls and in dire need of dental work.
A marvelous twist is put on this trope by Tucker and Dale Versus Evil. Break into act two: Ordinarily, act two begins when the hero accepts the quest. I guess one way of looking at this is to say that, in a horror story, by ignoring the warning, the hero tacitly accepts the quest.
Initial problem is either solved or changed Almost immediately upon entering act two the problem changes. This is another difference from the normal story structure. Usually the problem changes, then the hero accepts the quest. It seems that in a horror often the hero ignores the warning and then either fulfills their initial goal or the initial goal changes.
For example, in The Cabin, the college students ignore the implicit warning and then complete their initial goal of finding the cabin. The cabin, and the area around the cabin, is the Special World of the adventure.
At this point they begin exploring the cabin and try to figure out what kind of a place it is. The mother realizes that her kids are missing. Now her goal is to find out who took her kids and get them back.
Fake solution Often there is a fake solution. A suspiciously short time later a police officer arrives, someone she knows, someone who can take care of everything. The fake threat is contained and the protagonist relaxes.
A horror movie has certain rules. If you break too many the audience will be disappointed. This is a very short, no fluff, blueprint of how to write a horror script.
Start with a bang. Step right into a suspense scene. Give him a flaw. Before you can put your hero in jeopardy we must care for him. We must want our hero to succeed. So make him human.
A variant of The Flaw. The hero has a fear. Maybe a fear of heights, or claustrophobia. In "Jaws" Roy Scheider has a fear of water. At the end he has to conquer his fear by going out onto the ocean to kill the shark No Escape.And all of the clichés make it especially hard to write in the horror genre.
Learn to take a fresh, new approach in your horror writing. Excerpts, How to Write a Horror Story, Writing Horror, There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer's Digest, Writing Genres.
TAGS horror, paranormal. How to Write a Horror Story, Writing Horror If you want to learn how to chill the blood and raise goose bumps with a great horror story, then look no further. You’ll find . Tradition shouldn’t be used as an excuse to repeat what earlier writers have done; if you feel the need to write about the stock figures of the horror story, that’s all the more reason to imagine them anew.
This morning I was writing a horror story and I realized that the structure of a classic horror story is different than the typical hero's journey. In this post I ask, and attempt to answer, two questions: 1) What exactly is the structure of a horror story?
2) What is the purpose of a horror story. As a starter in anything writing for horror I just don’t know how to start to write one and even what a horror story in my cause short horror story should even look like.
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This guide to how to write a horror story covers the basics. First, read a definition of horror and common elements of horror fiction. Then read 6 tips on writing horror stories that you can use to evoke intense feeling in your readers, even if you don’t exclusively write horror.