Book: Horror Writing Prompts - 77 Powerful Ideas To Inspire Your Fiction (Writer's Craft Book 25) by Rayne Hallcategories: Book, Creative Writing Prompts, Fiction Writing Prompts, Horror Writing Advice, Writing Horror Stories, Creative Writing Ideas, Ideas for Writers, Dark Fantasy Writing, Inspiration for Writers, Horror Story Ideas, Fiction Writing Reference, Writing Horror Fiction
Rayne Hallabout this book: This book is crammed with fertile seeds for fiction that will thrill, disturb or scare your readers. Each prompt comes with a wealth of suggestions for how you can develop it to suit the kind of story you want to write.
Here are two examples:
HORROR WRITING PROMPT #1
An evil villain has a strict code of honour and ethics. What rule might he abide by, and in what terrible way does he make the issue fit the rule?
Ideas you can use:
Invent a rule that seems honourable. Then imagine how an evil person might interpret it.
Here are some examples:
"Don't kill" (= get your minions to do the killing for you)
"Never hurt an animal." (= Hurting a human is OK)
"Never speak a lie." (= Put it in writing instead.)
"Never hurt someone over the age of seventy." (= Get your hands on that crone before she reaches that birthday)
"Never harm a child under twelve." (= Snatch that eleven-year-old and keep him prisoner until his birthday.)
"Never attack another magician." (= Attack his helpless wife instead.)
"Never harm a virgin." (= Ensure she's no longer a virgin.)
HORROR WRITING PROMPT #2
A character accidentally maims or kills someone. That person (or their surviving spouse/parent/friend) seeks vengeance, and nothing will stop her.
Ideas you can use:
What kind of accident was it? A car crash? An explosion in the laboratory? A bodyguard or tour guide not paying attention at the critical moment?
How long ago did this happen?
Was it the character's fault? For a powerful story, consider making it partly bad luck, partly the character's fault. Perhaps the character had been drinking alcohol that evening, and although he wasn't drunk, his reaction speed was impaired. Or perhaps he had deliberately led his charge into a dangerous situation to scare her or teach her a lesson. Maybe he was busy flirting with female he fancied, and didn't pay attention to what the other tour group members were doing.
Does the vengeance-seeker generally have an obsessive personality, or does she obsess only about this issue? You can add depth to the story if the vengeance-seeker herself contributed in some small way to the accident. Perhaps she skimped on buying the proper safety equipment for her child, or maybe she insisted on her spouse joining the expedition. This will allow you to add a layer of suppressed guilt to that character's personality and motivation.
How long ago did the accident happen?
Does the character still remember the event? How? Is it something he feels guilty for every day of his life, something he has long forgotten, or a memory he quickly suppresses whenever it comes to his mind?
How does the character first realise that the person is after him to seek vengeance?
What is the vengeance-seeker's aim? Does she seek to kill the perpetrator, cripple him, make him suffer? Perhaps her child fell into the ravine, and now she wants to throw the negligent tour guide into the same abyss. Maybe she lost both legs in the car crash, and now she wants the drunk driver to lose his legs, too.
How does she go about this? Does she infiltrate his staff, hire assassins, lure him to a remote location?
What if she doesn't target the perpetrator, but someone the perpetrator loves? Perhaps her ten-year-old son was eaten by alligators because of the tour guide's negligence. She postponed her vengeance until the tour guide had a son himself - and now she's determined to feed that child to the alligators.
How does the character react? Does he take the danger seriously at first, or does he laugh it off until he realise she's in earnest? Does he try to reason with her? Offer financial compensation? Hire lawyers or bodyguards? Flee?
Does he tell other people, or keep it secret? What if he can't tell his spouse what really happened that night, and therefore can't tell her about the present danger?
Many of the prompts in this book come with visual inspiration in the form of disturbing photos and creepy original art.
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