Major assignment#2 – the horror story creative Writing h kosari major assignment #2--choose one of the following sub-genres of horror (or you may overlap the sub-genres) to write a 3-4 page horror short story

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MAJOR ASSIGNMENT #2--Choose one of the following sub-genres of horror (or you may overlap the sub-genres) to write a 3-4 page horror short story (Times New Roman, 12-point, double-spaced, 1 inch margins). You may choose one of your journals as the prequel or sequel to your story. Follow the criteria below.

  • Psychological Thriller/Unreliable Narrator “Tell-Tale Heart,” “Sixth Sense”

    • Narrator-1st Person/protagonist

    • Protagonist/1st person narrator is confused, unhealthy, unaware, mentally unstable

    • Internal Conflict-Protagonist is trying to understand himself/herself within an unrecognizable, unfamiliar setting or mental state

    • Climax-The unknown and unrecognizable becomes clear/known to the protagonist

  • Gothic “Adventure of the German Student,” “Queen of the Damned”

    • Narrator-any POV

    • Characters- can be deformed, mentally unstable, supernatural (vampires, ghosts, witches)--- look at Gothic notes for more

    • Supernatural elements/Dreams/Omens/Prophecies/Visions

    • Conflict- Person vs supernatural, Person vs self, Person vs nature(the setting) Keep in mind that there is no clear line between good and evil, and the evil triumphs over the good in Gothic.

    • Climax—the point where the evil triumphs over the good.

  • Sci/fi “The Pedestrian,” “The Walking Dead”

    • Narrator-any POV

    • Characters-Protagonist- the person who was at one point with society, but become against society.

    • The protagonist attempts to solve the conflicts generated by the “what if…”

    • Climax-the point that the society hits rock bottom, only so that a new slate can be created to start over. In Fahrenheit 451, the society that burns books destroys itself, which gives way to the start of a new city with new laws.

Detective Mystery “Da Vinci Code”

    • Narrator-Any POV

    • Characters-Protagonist is trying to uncover a mystery involving a dead person or persons. Antagonist is any force that gets in the way of the protagonist solving the mystery.

    • Conflicts-mainly Person vs Person, but could also use the other types of conflicts

    • Climax-the point that the mystery is solved or the truth is revealed

Horror story requirements/rubric:

  • 10%- First and foremost, you must be loyal to the styles and elements of the sub-genre you have chosen. Look above for specific components of these subgenres.

  • 10%- Develop the setting. Take your time introducing the weather, location, season, time of day, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, textures. “Adventure of the German Student” does a beautiful job bringing to life Paris, on a stormy night during the bloody French Revolution.
  • 10%- Establish a tone that is consistent with your sub-genre. Your diction and imagery will capture this tone.

  • 10%- Develop a plot:

    • Conflicts (internal and external)- add tension and suspense throughout your story.

    • End with a climax and/or resolution (climax should answer the question the reader has been asking himself/herself throughout the story)

    • Antagonist (a person, place, thing, or force that creates obstacles for the protagonist.)

  • 10%- Create suspense through delaying the outcome by writing mostly in these sentences

    • Periodic

    • Interruptive

    • Loose

  • 10%- Choose an appropriate and consistent point-of-view: a first person unreliable narrator as in Tell-Tale Heart, 3rd person omniscient in “Adventure of the German Student,” or 3rd person limited in “The Pedestrian.”

  • 10%- Develop the main characters. Be sure to develop the characters using the five methods of indirect characterization: appearance, actions, thoughts, speech, and what other people say about the character. Your main character/protagonist needs to be dynamic, in that they will undergo a change, grow, come to a realization, or learn something. Stay away from stock characters that are cliché/stereotypical.

  • 10%- Write good dialogue.

    • Use dialogue tags sparingly

    • Stick with the usual tags “said, replied, asked.”

    • Avoid flowery tags that have adverbs and adjectives; instead, show action and appearance.
    • Indent/start a new paragraph every time the speaker changes.

  • 10%- Create a voice for your protagonist. Bring your character’s voice to life through:

    • Punctuation: exclamation points, dashes, question marks

    • Repetition

    • Long and breathless sentences

    • Dramatic pauses or caesuras

  • 10%- Use Figurative Language. Use at least five creative examples of figurative language that amplify the mood of your story. They can be any of these:

    • Personification

    • Simile

    • Metaphor

  • Avoid run-ons, tense-shifting, and other grammar mistakes. (A ½ point will be deducted for each mistake.)

Typed first drafts will be due on Thursday, November 8th for 50 points.

There will be a peer critique session during Thursday’s class for 50 points.

Typed final drafts will be due on Wednesday, November 14th attached to the first draft and peer critique sheet for 150 points.

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