Did you read through the horror tutorial this week? It was SUPER helpful for anyone wanting to get started in the genre, so if you didn’t catch it, click through the links below. Our fearless tutor this week was Alexander Gordon Smith, the author of The Escape from Furnace Series (which you can read on Figment here). I don’t know about you, but I’m finally ready to start my story about vampire/gargoyles who possess trees in parks and murder innocent lovebirds. Thank you, Mr. Smith!
Let’s Get Scared!
And there you have it! You’ve just come up with an outline for a story, and now all you have to do is write it! To sum it up:
- Think about an idea first: your worst fears, powerful memories, scary books and films and What Ifs;
- Get to know your characters, your hero and your villains, as well as you can. They are your new best friends!
- Plan a rough outline for the beginning, middle and end of your story, making life as difficult for your main character as possible!
- Always remember to SHOW not TELL: Don’t say ‘She was scared’, describe exactly how it feels: ‘She felt chills run up her spine, a cold sweat break on her forehead. Her heart was so far up in her throat that she couldn’t breathe, her body locked tight with panic.’ You get the idea!
- Don’t worry too much about making your writing perfect right now, just make sure your characters are believable and your story flows, and you can tidy it all up in later drafts!
- And remember the main rule: Don’t get bogged down by the rules, just have fun!
- Now start writing your first draft: