Rubric for Scary Short Story Directions: Write a 2.5-5 page scary story that uses elements of absence (the unknown, the unexpected, the unconscious, the unseen, paranormal, unexplained occurrences) and elements of presence (helplessness, urgency, suspense, tension, intensity) as you pit a victim against a villain.
In order to successfully fill your story with the necessary ingredients, first complete the Scary Story Outline worksheet, which will enable you to flesh out your plot and give your characters some distinct internal conflicts, wants, needs, desires, etc.
Some Suggestions to Consider: *Internal Conflict: Your character may become his/her worst enemy! The villain might lie within the character’s heart, soul, or mind! (Psychological fear is real in a scary story! Your villain might be a figment of the character’s over-active mind or fears)
*Surprise Twists!: Try to make the story unpredictable by adding elements of surprise. Leave the reader in suspense before showing the actual conflict, villain, or scary moment.
*Details!: Use the powers of description to enhance the mood! Sensory details are key! Don’t hold back! Let the reader experience the physical sensations that accompany the character’s fear along with the vivid awareness of the senses.