Reblogged from the website of J. Young Harris.
Awhile back I wrote a post about what elements I think are necessary for a good horror story. This week, I’m adding on to that with some tips to consider if you’re sitting down to write a horror story, whether in the short or long form.
1.) Write What Scares You
“Horror needs to work on you, the author. You need to be troubled, a little unsettled, by your own material. Write about what scares you. Doesn’t matter what it is or how absurd.”
– 25 Things You Should Know About Writing Horror, Chuck Wendig
In other genres my advice here would be “write what resonates with you,” but for horror I think you have to tap into your own fears to generate a good story. To come across as authentic, you need to be at least a little bit afraid of what you’re writing about. If you…
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