When you’re writing horror, dread is your friend. What’s dread?
It’s the man in the mask. It’s the closed door at the end of the hallway. It’s what’s waiting for us when we turn on the lights. A sense of something horrible that can’t be avoided, only delayed.
That’s all for the latest iteration of Guest Post Week, folks. I thought we had a particularly good bunch of tips this time. Thanks to all who contributed!
Tune in tomorrow when I’ll resume regular posting. Something about Halloween, maybe?
Audiences like thinking they’ve got it all figured out. So give them an “I knew it!” moment…. then pull the rug out from under them.
- tip by Tanner
Please actually hang out with or talk to minorities before you put them in your screenplay. We can tell when everything you know about us comes from glances and snippets of conversation you hear at the checkout line.
- tip by Escarondito
Male writers, is getting into the mind of a woman really THAT much harder than getting into the mind of a psychopathic criminal with no qualms about killing? Women would like to be the hero once in a while, too.
- tip by Anonymous
“I don’t even know who you are anymore” has replaced “You just don’t get it, do you?” as the ultimate over-used most horrible line of dialogue.
Don’t use either one. Ever.
- tip by Sidney
Nothing breaks immersion quite like a character saying, “This isn’t the movies, this is the real world” or “This always works in the movies”. As soon as you do, we remember we’re watching a movie.
- tip by Mark
Write about what you know. If you want to write about something far from your everyday life, then research, interview and read a lot about it until you have it naturally inside of you. Otherwise, your script will sound fake.
- tip by Vitor
If writing comes easy to you, I’d ask you to read it back to make sure it was not absolute bullshit.
- tip by SJ
A good comedy is just a good drama with people who say and do funny things.
- tip by M.G.