/x/, I want to write a horror novel, but I have no clue where to start. I want it to fuck with your mind, and make you uneasy reading it. Any ideas?
>I want to write a horror novel, but I have no clue where to start.
Well, gee if you WANT to then that's all it takes!
>people would probably think I'm crazy
You fucking retard just go do it.
In literature you could write about someone who fucks baby animals and immediately eats them after cumming and people will call it high art.
A guy comes to the cinema and watching a movie. And in the film show the whole story of his life with the murder of the hero (a copy of that guy). The guy is afraid to leave the theater, waiting for the predicted murder.
My god, they are not going to think you're crazy, they will just read and that's all...and you shouldn't have said that, it sounds extremely presumptuous...especially from a writer
OP all 7 billion people on the planet probably wanna write a book at some point in their life.
however maybe only 1% of those actually KNOW what they wanna write about and 0,1% will actually have quality content.
How to know what to write about? Life experience. Doesnt matter the subject. So go out and come back when you have experienced true horror for yourself.
Also a good writer does not need inspiration. The best writers force themselves to create inspiration out of nothingness.
A writer writes no matter how he/she feels. That's the job.
Start with gaining some experience. Write anything even if it doesn't turn out good, just keep doing it. When you get and idea you want to turn into a novel then write a novel.
Godspeed. /x/ could really use some OC right now.
if you dont even know what to write about and you even have to ask advice, you are no writer at all
please consider killing yourself you are an insult to writers you faggot the world doesnt need more people like you
I lay there, my body motionless, nothing but eternal darkness. I don't know where i am or what happened.
Last thing i remember was writing a note for my family, probably something important.
All of a sudden a bright light flashes and i'm staring up at the face of a tall, bearded man wearing a plain white cloak.
He speaks "You have shown cowardice and sin, tell me why you don't deserve the fiery pits of hell"
I spoke, remember all of a sudden how i died and why i'm here, information flooding my brain at the speed of light.
"I just wanted freedom from the pain and cruelty of life, i know it wasn't the most smart or brave way i could've gone"
The tall figure shakes his head and pulls a lever.
I fall into a dark red pit, saying goodbye to my freedom.
so he falls back down to Earth right ?
no one's free here , no survivors
Before starting writing, try to read the ones you consider are the gods of Horror books, aknowledge abou what you want to talk in you novel, try to get the closer to the real facts and never copycat other authors :) good luck
Transcendial meditation. Do it. Study it. Release ideas from your subconcious instead of asking idiots on 4chan
I'll tell you where to start:
Horror is like comedy, more than any other forms of art and expression, these two lose value with familiarity. You cannot be funny or scary with what's been done before. I mean, you can, any art can become craft, but sooner or later exposure will dull response.
Find something that scared you in ways nothing you experience in life did. I have dreams to draw on, I have had nightmares about threats to existence so totally askew from human experience as to confound any horror story I'd ever before encountered. That's my horror food.
That burning pire, that filth demon. Oh yes, you know it, that burning smell, that eye on your back. The burned yearn, a squalid ember, meats sliding, grinding. The stake you dedicated to their hearts was nothing, the kerosene so sweetly poured only awoke it. Arms twitch and flicker mouths lie agape.
We crawl as one, thank you god, thank you.
If you write such a thing you'd get vanned imminently.
If you really wanna write something fantastic then why don't you read tvtropes and go through what themes are given in the latest horror movies? Eliminating them from a small list would be easier.
Writing about monsters is the profession of Stephen King and for a long time it will be. SAW got the right taints at the right spot for a horror movie. That's all I can think at the moment.
All good horror stories make use of the Uncanny, which Freud called "Unheimlich." Unheimlich. Uncanny. Something that challenges your understanding of reality (that is, "the way things are") on a fundamental level. This can be any number of things.
Zombies. The living dead. Corpses that defy the laws of nature and medical science and reanimate. This is Uncanny. Something that is not as it should be.
Coming home late at night, reaching to the light switch only to feel another hand already there. Things are not as they should be. Uncanny.
Walking in on your wife in bed with another man. A direct challenge to your preconceived notions about your life and the people in it. Uncanny.
Horror doesn't have to be cosmic. You don't need zombies or vampires, Elder Gods or serial killers, cannibals or humanoid creatures. All you need to be effective as a horror writer is a way to subtly insinuate to your reader that SOMETHING IS NOT AS IT SHOULD BE. Find a way to confront your reader with a reality that opposes their own understanding of the world. Leave them with a nagging suspicion that your work sheds light on a greater unspoken truth about the world.
The sound of morning traffic lures my mind back into the waking world, muffled through the pillow I must have pulled over my head in the night as a barrier between myself and anything that might distract from sweet slumber.
I groan, the miniscule effort of making any sound rise from my parched throat agitating a splitting pain behind my eyeballs. Reaching out blindly, I feel around the other side of the bed, grabbing hold as my hand meets flesh.
I shake Theresa's shoulder, eliciting a raspy grumble from her general direction, and slur in my half-awake, hungover stupor
"wh't time s'it?" She repeats her grumbling, albeit with a biting undertone, and slaps my hand off of her upper arm. "T'resa, wake up. How long'd we sleep in f'r?"
Not bothering with angry vocalizations, I feel the bed shift as she shifts into a sitting position. a few moments of stillness follow, before Theresa breaks the silence.
"Fucking goddamn shit."
"That late?" I inquire. She sighs, and then responds.
"It's eleven-fucking-thirty, Nate." Fucking goddamn shit. I throw the pillow off of my head, and immediately realize that something is very wrong.
It's still pitch black.
All I've written so far. Should I continue?
are you Angel David Revilla? if so, go steal someone else's ideas, you narcisistic twat
I'm writing one, about 3600 words into it so far. Just decide on a theme, load up some music you think fits it, and write. Write. Write. Doesn't matter, just write. Over time the plot will come to you and you'll find yourself going back to what you've done and rewriting it to fit with a cool new idea you had.
Don't bother reading "how to write" books, they're only guidelines to how another person writes. It's not you. You should let your writing evolve naturally on its own.