How to Write a Short Horror Story

Writing a short horror story is not that difficult if you know the right things to do. In this post, we’ll be guiding you on how to write a short horror story. The short horror story should be as interesting as a long horror story. The main point about it is that a short horror story has to be really interesting, and short, an interesting story within a short limit like 1000 – 5000 words.

Just like in writing other stories, you have to know the elements of story writing.  Read our (How to Write a Good Story) to get to know the rudiments of a good story writing. Once you know the elements, you should know other aspects of story writing.

In this post we’ll be guiding you the steps to take in writing a short horror story.

How to Write a Short Horror Story

Get a Story Idea: You must get a good short horror story idea before you set out on writing one. The story idea must be interesting, highly imaginative, creative and realistic. Depending on whether you want to be scary or not, if you want it to be scary, then it should be scary. The story idea, you want to write on,, should be the one never written before.

We advise you take your time to develop your ideas, and vet them before settling for one.

Create and Flesh the Characters: The next step in your short horror story writing is to create the characters that would take part in the story. The characters, whether they are scary or not, should be closely related to humans in speech and action. If you intend your tormenting or opposing characters are to be scary, then make them to be very scary and uncanny.

Each character should be unique and distinct. No characters shouldn’t be the same at all.  

Choose Lonely, Scary and Abandoned Locations as Setting: In writing short horror stories, you should ensure you choose lonely, scary and abandoned locations as the setting, especially if the places are popular. It can be an old castle or an abandoned monastery. People love to read horror and scary stories that would make their skin crawl.

Create the Plot: Once, you have the idea, the next thing should be how to create the plot and storyline. Make a reasonable storyline, and ensure the plot is the ascending order of events type of plot. It should be engaging and believable.

To make the plot creation easier for you, you should divide them into chapters and parts, and develop the chapters and parts further before writing.

Theme/Message Choice: Your theme/choice can be on anything related to horror; however, you should try as best as possible to avoid cliche and repeated messages and themes. If it is possible, write on unique theme and message.

Suspense and Intrigues: No story should hold the reader spell-bound like a ghost or horror story. Thus, you should make sure your horror story is full of intrigues and suspense. Put the average characters in the way of dangers, make them struggle for survival, make your reader gasp for air, that’s what horror story achieves.

The formula for achieving this is that the principalities against the main characters should be way greater than them.

End the Story with Intrigues: The story, on ending, shouldn’t end just flat. There should be intrigues there. It should be an ending the readers do not expect. This is what makes a good horror story because a good horror story shouldn’t make the readers happy or fulfilled.

Get a Story Idea: You must get a good horror story idea before you set out on writing one. The story idea must be interesting, highly imaginative, creative and realistic. Depending on whether you want to be scary or not, if you want it to be scary, then it should be scary. The ghost story idea you have should be the one never written before.

We advise you take your time to develop your ideas, and vet them before settling for one.

Create and Flesh the Characters: The next step in your ghost story writing is to create the characters that would take part in the story. The non-ghost characters should be closely related to humans in speech and action while the ghost characters should have human attributes and be believable. If you intend your ghost characters to be scary, then make them to be very scary and uncanny.

Each character should be unique and distinct. Two ghosts shouldn’t be the same at all.  

Choose Scary and Abandoned Locations as Setting: In writing ghost stories, you should ensure you choose scary and abandoned locations as the setting, especially if the places are popular. It can be an old castle or an abandoned monastery. People love to read ghost stories that would make their skin crawl.

Create the Plot: Once, you have the idea, the next thing should be how to create the plot and storyline. Make a reasonable storyline, and ensure the plot is the ascending order of events type of plot. It should be engaging and believable.

To make the plot creation easier for you, you should divide them into chapters and parts, and develop the chapters and parts further before writing.

Theme/Message Choice: Your theme/choice can be on anything related to ghost; however, you should try as best as possible to avoid cliche and repeated messages and themes. If it is possible, write on unique theme and message.

Suspense and Intrigues: No story should hold the reader spell-bound like a ghost or horror story. Thus, you should make sure your ghost story is full of intrigues and suspense. Put the non-ghost characters in the way of dangers, make them struggle for survival, make your reader gasp for air, that’s what a good ghost story achieves.

The formula for achieving this is that the principalities against the main characters should be way greater than them.

End the Story with Intrigues: The story, on ending, shouldn’t happen just flat. There should be intrigues there. It should be an ending the readers do not expect. This is what makes a good ghost story because a good ghost story shouldn’t make the readers happy or fulfilled.

Conclusions

Another important aspect you should note about how to write a short horror story is that it should be interesting within a short space. The space limit you should write this story is between 1000 – 5000 words. The shorter the story the better and more interesting.

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