When you think about it, the horror genre doesn’t make sense. We sit and look at pieces of paper with words on them, imagining monsters that we know are all made up … and it scares us so much that we have to sleep with the lights on? Seriously? Writing scary horror is no easy task. If you’re a budding horror writer (or even just an enthusiastic campfire storyteller) you might want some tips on how to turn your stories from a slightly spooky fuel to a spooky nightmare. . Here are some writing tips from horror writers, so that you too can terrorize anyone you meet.
Of course, most of the general writing tips also apply to horror writing. Read widely. Try to write every day. Write stories that matter to you and anchor them in real emotions. But horror also comes with its own specific challenges. I mean, how do you know what makes something scary? How do you capture this scary thing and put it in your own handwriting? Are clowns really played as a horror trope?
Each author’s process is different, and each has a different set of deep and dark fears. But these horror writing tips will help you find your own way to add fear to the world: