Genre: A short story (Narrative) written to SCARE the reader. The writer uses descriptive language and imagery and techniques (such as building suspense or tension or leaving details to the reader’s imagination) to stimulate the reader’s imagination. Making them believe what they fear could be real…
Your Task: You are to write a short horror story that includes many of the traditional elements that you would expect to find in a scary story, such as:
The language of horror (example: eerie, blood-curdling and terrifying)
The building of suspense to create suspense and reader engagement
Carefully detailed archetypes (example: Dracula, serial killer or ghost type), or
Unique and unusual characters
Shocking events or unexpected twists that the reader could not possibly predict
Descriptive words that create a sensory experience
An ending that may leave the reader feeling uncomfortable, that the story could be true…
Story length: 600 - 800 words
Appropriate story structure (introduction, conflict and resolution)
Genre representation (language use and vocabulary)
Audience awareness – positioning the reader (scare factor!!)
Creativity – quality of writing
Real photo taken – The brown lady (1936)
Decide on the plot of the story (based on – own ideas, movie, real story, nightmare etc).
Decide on location for setting and create the ‘context’ of the story – Is it set in the past? In a particular country? Is the story a consequence of past events? What social, cultural and environmental factors will be included to make your story authentic?
Decide of the number and ‘types’ of characters.
Develop your plot
Decide the ‘main action’ for the story – (Examples: accident, murder, an escape, a meeting etc)
Create the ‘scene’ – the environmental or atmospheric elements that make the story scary (example: an abandoned farm house in the middle of a cold, snowy night)
A strong ending for resolution – needs to be satisfying for the reader, so they are not left asking questions
Important things to consider
Plan it out – in point form, in the order they should go
Take care of details – your reader needs to see, hear and experience what you intended them to!