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This was posted on the older version of Renderosity.
I was intrigued by this section so I thought to post this article in my first blog attempt.
Hugs all!

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Imagine walking up to a complete stranger in the street and telling him you are mentally and emotionally unstable (what most people in love or depressed really are). Yep, laugh away, but you know where I am coming from, don’t you?

With writing you have to be honest with yourself and write about what you know or the words just don’t flow or sound sincere. You have to search deep inside yourself and illuminate any and all feelings and thoughts and list them on paper.

After you have recovered from embarrasment, shame and terror (if you ever do) you then have to build a story or theme around those feelings making sure that dumb people like myself can understand exactly what you are saying and, even more than that, the atmosphere of what is happening around you. Write down a few words that describe how you feel.

Let’s start with a fear, in particular, my phobia of cockroaches.
Flat hard bodies, creepy, insects, scratchy legs, eats anything, long feelers, dark hiding places, fast, scuttling brown creatures, hate, terror, shiver, trembling, shaking, revulsion, skin crawling.

Don’t feel scared to pick up that Thesaurus and put it to good use.

OK, lets put combine those words into a sentence your English teacher would be proud of, making sure your punctuation is correct.

“Creepy, scratchy claws from flat winged bodies clung to my trembling fingers as I searched the darkened drawers for the candles.”

Just that one sentence immediately gives you a sense of a power failure and a person looking for the candles and finds creepy things in dark cupboards. Horror! Terror! A big definite YUCK.

Now for building that image up and turning it into a paragraph. Remember that you want to keep the main theme for the story on your fear. Set yourself a series of questions and figure out the answers to give you a complete picture of the setting.

Why were you looking in the drawer – to get candles.

Why? – because there was a power failure. (Words to use: dark, cold, black, creepy, night, shadows)

Why? – Lightning had struck nearby. (Associated words: flashes, jagged light, bright, flickering, power, fingers, static, electrifying)

Why? – There was an electrical storm overhead (Associated words: thunder, grumbling, growling, raining, cold, dark, windy, windows rattling)

And so you go, building up the whole scenario.
Let’s put what we have so far into a paragraph.

“The storm overhead was electrifying. Jagged fingers of power flashed down to kiss the ground. The windows rattled and shivered in their frames at the power of the thunder and wind. Pitch black. That was all I saw when the lights tripped. Cold, creepy night in the middle of the storm overhead. Intermittent glimpses of shadows highlighted by the flickering heavens. Water added its voice as the rain pelted against the cold glass, trying to get inside. I shivered and edged towards the kitchen, keeping a hand on the smooth wall next to me. Stumbling into the vanilla and chocolate smelling kitchen, I used the bright flashes of the electrical storm to take mental snapshots to guide myself to the cupboard where I kept my emergency supplies. I opened the door and reached down to the drawers. Creepy, scratchy claws from flat winged bodies clung to my trembling fingers as I searched the darkened drawers for the candles. I screamed in terror!”

We now have a paragraph that looks flat and boring. By breaking up sentences into batches, you can create the image further.

“The storm overhead was electrifying.

Jagged fingers of power flashed down to kiss the ground. The windows rattled and shivered in their frames at the power of the thunder and wind.

Pitch black.

That was all I saw when the lights tripped. Cold, creepy night in the middle of the storm overhead. Intermittent glimpses of shadows highlighted by the flickering heavens. Water added its voice as the rain pelted against the cold glass, trying to get inside.

I shivered and edged towards the kitchen, keeping a hand on the smooth wall next to me.
Stumbling into the vanilla and chocolate smelling kitchen, I used the bright flashes of the electrical storm to take mental snapshots to guide myself to the cupboard where I kept my emergency supplies.
I opened the door and reached down to the drawers.

Creepy, scratchy claws from flat winged bodies clung to my trembling fingers as I searched the darkened drawers for the candles.

I screamed in terror!”

Now read the passage again, putting in any words you feel might emphasize the creepy feeling. There you have the makings of an interesting halloween story.

I hope my guide to writing has helped and brings you inspiration beyond your fears and into the light. Remember that talking about your fears and feelings can actually help you solve or deal with problems that seem huge and insurmountable.

Please join us on the Renderosity Writers forum and gallery to share your triumphs, fears and feelings.

Happy writing.
SusiQ


posted on Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 8:23 am 2 Comment(s)



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