How to Write a Horror novelWriting a horror novel
The horror! Write 5 tips to help you frighten your reader.
It' something tasty to crawl through a gloomy corridor with a child and grab the child with your perspiration. Read on for 5 useful hints to make your next volume full of excitement, thrills and horrors! In order to write great horror, you must build personalities that are important to your reader.
This means that you must give your readers enough of your characters to get to know before letting your beast out. Often violence opening sequences do not work because the writer has given the readers no cause to worry about the individual being mutilated. So if you want me to linger well beyond sleep to find out what happens to the protagonist, let me meet her.
Just give me a little bit of your patience. Provide your characters with issues that they can relate to. Find out how you can use them to help your readers find their way around. Once you do, your readers become your characters. Remember Jack Torrance in the horror novel The Shining. The horror part of a sequence can be turned up by consciously choosing your words.
Suppose your personality is in a garden on a light, sunlit outing. Not to worry about the cheeky little bullets that line the pavement, is there? Do not let this sequence lead to a clash between your characters and the monsters. Its gaudy colour will remind you of the scratches in your deceased husband's breast.
Take the length of the phrase into account when you write your creepy sequences. But if the creature is attacking, you won't make it. When one of the sceneries doesn't work, adjust the tempo. Maybe you write your actions mostly in brief, sudden movements, but the scenery fizzles out. Present the other chivalrous men, decapitated and consciously abandoned on the way of the protagonist as a warning.
You know those cheeky little saucers? Ain' much of a creepy flower, are they? If you adjust it correctly, even broad daylight can be frightening. Being a nursery room on a light and airy early in the morning could be more frightening than an empty psychiatric ward at dusk if you decorate the area. As you write your creepy moments, don't just grab the lecherous devil or the smiling comedian.
If you' re sitting down to write your horror sequence, take a few moments to think back to a period when you were terrified. Dive down into those creepy memories and try to remember how you felt, the thoughts that ran through your mind, the way your abdomen squeezed, your hide crept, etc... then use those memories to picture the sequence in your mind.