How to Tell a Convincing Scary Story

One Methods:Telling the Story

Adding the element of horror to a story is a great way to get attention and compliments. In other words, a scary story can be your ticket to becoming an interesting, fun storyteller. Whether you're honing your skills to scare the pants off your friends or participating in an international writing competition, this article may help make it not only scary---convincingly, utterly, completely scary.

Steps

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    Create a basic story template. Make a plot for a basic, super-peaceful story. Make it as happy and peaceful as you possibly can. (You will have a scary story in the end. This is preparation for steps two and three.) Here are some helpful articles if you're having trouble having inspiration:
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    Add the element of horror. You can do this by changing just about everything to its horrified opposite. For example:
    • A pretty fairy princess turns into a zombie sprite.
    • A best friend turns into a certain hooded figure armed with a chainsaw.
    • Flowers turn into carnivorous, huge dark plants.
    • A lawn gnome turns into a tiny zombie/vampire.
    • A pony turns into a big, looming shadow horse with red/yellow eyes and a flaming mane...the list goes on and on.
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    Add the element of surprise. Do the exact same thing as you did in step two, but with anything that isn't a noun. Examples:
    • Bravely turns into carefully.
    • Happy turns to livid.
    • Peaceful turns into unspeakably/unspeakable evil.
    • Skipped turns into dragged/crawled, with joyful/longing singing/moaning.
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    Rewrite your story, but with your changed-up words. It should be very scary. This is the reason you wrote a super happy, peaceful story, so that when the words were flip-flopped, it turned spooky.
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    Remove anything unnecessary. Your story has changed so much, there may be things you want to eliminate.
    • Look for words that are candidates for "shouldn't be there". For example, "The serious thin man"-- (Horrified version of the silly chubby lady) --serious doesn't have to be there. It might be taking away from the essence of your story. (However, you may have it there if you think otherwise, it's your story.)
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    Memorize your story (optional). This will help add a "well known legend" effect.

Telling the Story

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    Get your audience's attention. Say something like "Hey, did you guys hear about the legend of...?"
    • Most people enjoy hearing news they didn't know before. Make it sound like a rumor or big news. Humans are usually very curious.
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    Gather everyone in one group. This is very important as you don't want your audience to wander off to the little shack next door.
    • It helps to motion your audience to come by using hand gestures.
    • You could even say something such as "Gather round, young ones, and listen here..."
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    Start telling your convincing scary story. It is very important to use hand gestures here. This is optional, but it is recommended.
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    Continue to tell your scary story in this way. Repeat the last two steps as necessary.
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    Finish your scary story with a flourish. Make a twist ending, like "But this is only a legend... or IS it...!"

Tips

Warnings

  • The articles mentioned are for your characters, not you, unless you really want to be creepy or surprising.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper (optional)
  • Pencil (optional)

Article Info

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