Giants? No problem.
Zombies? No problemo.
Warewolves, vampires, witches? Puleez—not a problem either.
Psychopath? Hands on face, shut off the sound, think of going to the kitchen for something I need right now!
Scary scenes make great entertainment, but everyone scares in a little different way. Here are a few tools for kicking up the fright.
•Speed up the reader with short sentences.
•Include details that make the reader feel the tension in the situation.
•Being scared is an emotion. Use the character’s emotions to manipulate the readers’.
•Twist the surprise moment—different time, place, person.
•Need ideas? Start with your own fears and exaggerate.
•The reader has enough information to know that something bad is going to happen SOON! But the character doesn’t know, and the reader doesn’t know when.
Happy Halloween—Celebrate by writing something scary.