Monday, February 28, 2011 | By: Taffy

Dan Wells-How to Scare People

How to scare people through your writing:

  • Establish normal-Establish a normal day, routine, life and break it. 
  • Take familiar and make unfamiliar-Make appliances come to life on their own.
  • Waiting for the other shoe to drop-Show the audience the bomb under the table. Then have a normal conversation for several minutes, making the audience wait for it to explode. That's suspense.
  • Push fear buttons-Know what people are afraid of then throw them in the middle of it.
  • Show the monster-What did you think of the monster in Silence of the Lamb when you first saw him? He looked normal...

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