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Writing Horror Stories
Transcript of Writing Horror Stories
Characters + Dialogues
Practice Figurative Language Characters Now... Let's brainstorm Setting Often an isolated or scary location
One where there is little chance of escape
Or a normal location which has become very menacing and threatening to the occupants
To add to your setting and create a convincing atmosphere, you need to:
Use words or phrases which create a mood
Use sound techniques – alliteration, onomatopoeia
Characterization The purpose of a horror story, as well as to entertain, is to create terror, usually through blatant methods. Often horror stories contain some kind of monster (such as vampires, werewolves, etc) whose only purpose is to prey on the human characters. The protagonist often is the one who rids the world of the threat of this monster, or becomes a victim trying. It is a picture in words What the place looks like What the weather is like What sounds there are Any other impression made on the senses Simile A simile tells you that one thing is like another; it compares two different objects using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’. The cars stuck in traffic were AS straight AS an army of ants slowly marching. Your turn As black as...
As light as...
As heavy as...
As hungry as a...
As clean as a...
As proud as a...
Personification Personification describes a thing or object as if it is a person or has human qualities. Time stole my youth away Your turn Use personification to bring one of
the following to life:
A dentist's chair
An ATM machine
A TV Metaphor It is a direct comparison without using the words "like" or "as" The cold breeze was a slap in the face. Your Turn Use a metaphor to describe one
of the following as a phrase or sentences:
A hive of bees
A storm Direct- writer tells what the character is like
Indirect- writer shows what a character is like by telling what the character says and does Dialogues What the characters say and the way they say it
To make sure that the dialogue reveals something about the CHARACTER’S PERSONALITY;
To make sure that you consider not only WHAT is said, but HOW it is said;
To use dialogue SPARINGLY and only where it is APPROPRIATE.
When it is appropriate to use the simple word ‘said’;
When you should use more expressive words such as shouted, whispered, muttered, etc;
When writing dialogue, remember: Let's get started Take five minutes to think about your worst fears, powerful
memories and scary books and films, then write down as many
crazy What Ifs as possible!
What if your best friend dies and comes back to haunt you…
What if your shadow comes to life…
What if your school holiday abroad turned out to be in a zombie plague area…
What if… What if...