What makes storys scary...
By: Lauren Forster 8B
That i found...
Which help to make...
a story scary are...
what makes a story scary?
A simple example i found from "The Raven" is.. "Once upon a midnight dreary"
... this suggests that the setting and atmosphere in which the story takes place is not a pleasant place. Somewhere your average person would not want to be.
Words that evoke the five senses...
"Slimy and grimy"
A good example of this word choice i found in the story... ~"Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore-- What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore Meant in croaking "Nevermore."
Words that heighten suspense
"filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before"
...This shows an element of suspense as the man has never felt this level of terror before, and does not know what to do.
Words that show fear...
"on this desert land enchanted On this home by horror haunted"
Writers use descriptive vocabulary such as the words listed to increase the feeling of fear one might obtain while reading.
Creepy synonyms and antonyms
~ awful ~ Disgusting ~ Disturbing ~ Eerie ~ Frightening ~ Ghoulish~ Macabre ~ Menacing ~ Ominas ~ Sinister ~ Terrrifying ~ Weird ~ Direful ~ Dreadful ~ Gruesome ~ Hair raising ~ Horrible ~ Itching ~ Itchy ~ Nightmarish ~ Shuddersome ~ Threatening ~ Unpleasant
"What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore Meant in croaking "Nevermore."
In this story many descriptive words are used instead of simple words such as "creepy" or "scary." Writers do this to make the story more interesting. If the boring common words were used repeatedly would you want to continue reading the story?
~ Normal ~ Good ~ Pleasant~ Pleasing ~ Nice ~ Unscary
Some examples of words that mean the opposite of creepy are listed above. These are words you would be least likely to find in a scary story.
Gothic elements include the following... 1. Setting in a castle ~ sometimes seems vacant, or sometiemes occupied ~ where the action takes place ~ Often contains secret passages, trap doors, secret rooms, etc. ~ may be near or connected to caves, or other creepy locations
2. An atmosphere of mystery and suspense ~ the work is giving off a threatening feeling ~ Often the plot is built around a mystery
3. An ancient prophecy ~ is connected with the castle or the people that live there ~ usually partial or confusing ~ what could it mean?
4. Omens, Portents, Visions ~ a character might have a disturbing dream or vision ~ if the statue of the lord of the manor falls over it may portrend his death
5. Supernatural or otherwise inexplicable ~ amazing events occur (ghosts or giants walking) ~ in some storys the events are fiven a natural explanation, in others supernatural
6. High, even overwrought with emotion ~ the narration may be very sentimental the characters are overcome by many emotions ~ anger, sorrow, surprise, terror etc.
7. Women in distress ~a female character often is involved in events that leave them fainting, terrified, screaming, sobbing etc. ~a lonely heroine is often the central figure of the story so her sufferings are even more so the focus of attention.
8. Women threatened by a powerful, impulsive, male ~ at least one of the male characters has the power to demand one of the female characters to do something intolerable. ~ the woman might be commanded to marry someone she does not love, or commit a crime.
9. The mentonymy of gloom and horror ~ Metonymy is a subtype of metaphor ~ in which something (like rain) is used for something (like sorrow)
All of these are good ways to make your scary story scarier, or more suspenseful. when you are writing a scary story be sure to include most of these points and I guarantee it will be a fantastic story. :)
Elements of suspense 1. put characters that readers caare about in jeoprady ~ make the reader worry about whether or not the character will get what they want. 2. include more promises and less action ~ Suspense happens in the stillness of your story 3. keep every promise you make ~ A huge promise without the fulfillment is dissapointment 4. let the characters tell the reader their plans ~ even simply have the character tell the reader their schedule 5. cut down on the violence ~ The more violence there is the less it will mean 6. be one step ahead of your readers. ~ as you develop your story, appeal to the readers fears and phobias; make sure you describe the setting of your storys climax before you reach that part of the story; countdowns and deadlines can be helpful, but can work against you if they dont feel the storys escalation; as you build towards the climax, isolate your main character; make it personal
Thanks for all your help tonight pap
No problem squirt