Writing a horror story? See whether you have these 10 things in place.
Writing a horror story? You have the plot, but are you hitting the right notes? Here is a quick checklist based on celebrated works of famous writers of the genre. Whether it is for a submission or for your novel, see if you are doing the right thing with your horror story. Writing tips from Neil D’Silva.
- A protagonist whom everyone feels sad for, and roots for.
- An antagonist capable of unleashing the most unimaginable evil.
- Flaws; a truly chilling story feeds on the flaws of its people.
- Stakes so high they could pierce the sky.
- A place where no one wants to be.
- A time when no one wants to be alone.
- Hurt of the kind that is unbearable to even think about, lot less to experience.
- Sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and touches that make you wish you never had the five senses.
- Language that speaks minimally, but with words and phrases that keep swirling in the mind.
- A climax that plays on and on in the reader’s miserable mind.
To read acclaimed horror shorts from Neil D’Silva, click on the following: