This week we focus on writing. We talk about what makes a good horror story for us, share a little bit about our own writing process and about tropes in horror. We play a few rounds of Stranger Than Fiction and share some horror themed writing prompts. We invite listeners to write their own 200-2000 word stories based on the prompts and submit them to the podcast for us to share on the next episode. Email us by Feb 21st with your text file for us to read or an audio file of yourself reading your story. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
When recorded we had set Feb 14th as the deadline for prompts but we've moved it back to the 21st to give more time.
In the subject line please tell us which prompt you chose along with the month. For example: “February prompt 2” if you choose prompt 2.
Prompt 1: Head or brain transplant. A dying man agrees to be the guinea pig for a risky and ethically questionable operation of a transplant. With his body sick and terminal, but his brain still sound and healthy, the operation, though never attempted on humans before is he only chance left for survival. But what happens to the human brain when it finds it wakes in a body that isn’t its own?
Prompt 2: A man is haunted by a spirit where ever he goes. And this spirit is intent on telling everyone his secrets using the man’s voice.
Prompt 3: A group of childhood friends spend the majority of the summer days playing around or at the base of an old large tree in their neighborhood. Not because the tree is special, but because of their other-worldly friend who lives inside it.
Mentioned in this episode:
Take Your Pants Off! by Libbie Hawker
This is a great book, that helped me master outlining my own stories. Libbie's straight forward about her outlining method while I don't follow her steps word for her, I've adopted my overall outline structure from her book which I use for novel length work and short stories. I definitely recommend it. You can find a review for it over on our blog. Or check it out yourself on Amazon.
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