THE DARKEST TIME OF THE YEAR
Welcome to the weekend.
Here are some new additions to Rahaman Writing:
October has arrived!
Which means it's time for Halloween hype!
I usually enjoy this time of the year. It's a perfect excuse to be creepy and embody darker concepts!
...More than usual I mean!
Vampire, werewolves, and zombies are seen everywhere, but to the delight of people instead of dismay. The festive, fun nature of candy-giving and dressing up as spooky characters was very important to me growing up. Not only because I have a significant sweet tooth, but because the atmosphere was always intriguing. These costumes and practices hinted at strange, unknown things. Things in the dark that fascinated me.
I doubt Halloween is the sole reason I write dark fantasy and horror more than other genres, but it is undeniably an important one! For Halloween is a time of the year when darkness truly reigns.
Have an itch to write something spooky, but don't know what?
Fear not! That's what this week's writing tip is about.
The Baron of Beholder's Writing Tip #14:
There are a lot of themes to choose from in regards to horror, but which is right for YOUR story?
I would recommend writing about what scares you. This way, your prose and dialogue will feel more significant. Your characters will have more relatable and specific reactions that will help to hook any reader. Even those who do not share the same fears, for many human reactions to terror manifest in similar gestures. Just be sure to tie in smaller details!
Fear of something physical, like spiders?
Sometimes people have a crawling sensation on their skin after encountering one of these eight-legged individuals, even if they never make direct contact. Write how your character(s) shudder and scratch at their skin uncomfortably.
Fear of something ethereal, like specters?
Maybe a threat to your character's mental state could have more impact. Internalize their reaction at first, describe what is going on inside their mind. When they see the form of this ghost, it is possible their brain would not be able to process everything properly due to fear and could bend, break, and crumble from the terror; possibly causing a whole host of physical reactions like sweating, fainting, or frantic stammering.
Fear of something unknown, like a sinister presence?
Be more subtle and describe how the character(s) are faring emotionally. Heightened aggression, shedding tears uncontrollably, hysterical laughter, etc.
The best horror stories usually combine aspects of the above examples, depending on the subject matter.
The key to writing good horror is being able to portray why things are scary, and it is easiest to do so while thinking about your own fears and how they affect you.
Speaking of terror, our scholarly protagonist wakes up with a frightful start in the this week's installment for Of the Sky, Of the Sea, and Of the Stones.
He awakes to fire and screaming.