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Today, we are going to learn about..
S C A R Y ?
One way that could make a story scary is with vocabulary.
Words such as
helps set the mood.
Vocabulary is very important to set the mood in a scary story. Effective writers signal the readers at the beginning with the vocabulary that was shown previously, to inform them that it is a scary, and depressing story.
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe "Once upon a midnight dreary, "
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe "Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December"
Words that describe the five senses.
makes stories even scarier because it allows the reader to imagine the scene better.
When the five senses are included in your description, the story will instanlty get better. When readers are detailed on how they are suppose to feel, hear, smell, see and taste, you can scare or make them feel what you want effectively and easily.
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe "DURING the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens."
The Tell- Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe "there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound"
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe "Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,"
The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe "There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution."
To show fear, use words like..
- droplets of sweat
Scared characters are needed in a scary stories. Using the show don't tell technique, the picture will be painted better in the reader's head.
The "show, don't tell' technique helps the reader to be spefically detailed. However, this is shown with action or how the character feels. Appearance of places or things shouldn't be fully described. Using this, it will make the story more alive and less boring and will help the reader to understand the character.
The Tell- Tale by Edgar Allen Poe "But even yet I refrained and kept still. I scarcely breathed."
The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs "The matches fell from his hand and spilled in the passage. He stood motionless, his breath suspended until the knock was repeated.
- hazy air
- opaque waters
- unintelligible sound
- tenebrous valley
heighten the suspense. Fear is increased when the character or place isn't fully detailed. The puzzling vocabulary can make the reader uncomfortable and scared.
Fear is increased when place or thing is unfamilar. When the place or thing isn't fully described, readers get uncomfortable with the story. Also they become more interested to find out more about it.
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe "His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness"
The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacob "She was watching the mysterious movements of a man outside"
Suspense also makes scary stories even better.
Worry = Suspense So you need to put your character that the reader cares about in danger. When danger comes along suspense increases.
When creating your scary story, make sure that your tensions escalates. As the story goes, the tension should get higher and higher. If the tension stayed the same, nothing will scare them and the suspense will not increase.
Also, when you're writing your story, try brainstorming what you're scared of. Brainstorm your fears and phobias and include them in your story because there is a big possibilty that readers are scared about that too. BUT, make sure that your phobia fits or make sense with the story before anything!
The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacob "Is he hurt?" demanded the mother, wildly. The visitor bowed in assent. "Badly hurt," he said, quietly, "but he is not in any pain." "He was caught in the machinery," said the visitor at length in a low voice.
Now, that you know how to write a scary story. Go make your own and make it good!