Monday, June 27, 2016

Writing prompts for horror

Horror is a feeling, it is the fear that twists out stomach and the hair rising on our necks. The dread that fills our step and the gasp of revulsion we can't hold back.

Writing for the horror and thriller genre can be often an intimidating Idea, one of the first things you need to understand about horror is that it is not always about the blood splatter or the headcount. Sometimes it can be as simple as a child's whisper "I see dead people".

At its most basic it's a story like all others, filled with tension, surprise,the right setting and of course the biggest ingredient,emotion. Some of the worlds biggest selling authors have been found in the genre of horror, from King to Barker and even children's authors such as R.L Stien.

Face what scares you, grasp the "what if" of the dark and write. There are over 40 horror writing prompts here on this page to get you started. From the story starters, themes and of course picture prompts

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"When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or

What was scary to me, and try and put those feelings into

Books" R.L Stine

 

"Horror fiction shows us that the control we believe we have

is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos

and oblivion.”

—Clive Barker

 

"Beauty is the sole legitimate province of the poem.”

Edgar Allan Poe

 

Story starters for writing horror

Write a short horror story of at least 750 words inspired by one of the story starters below

 

1. The writing on the wall was still warm...

2. He couldn't afford to lose...

3. Keep it buried, a promise now broken....

4. The hospital was the worst place to go...

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5. The taxi sat still running...

6. There was something behind her eyes...

7. The clock in the kitchen iced into silence

8. The gun and the whiskey were both empty...

9. You don't know hell....

10. His fingers shuffled the photos....

11. The grave was empty...

12. The school gates were locked...

13. The phone wouldn't stop ringing...

14. Nobody liked old man Cambell

15. Please, she had said staring down the barrel....

16. He hated the colour yellow....

17. " don't you remember me?"...

18. There was smething creepy about grandma's dolls....

19. The bulldozer roared to life...

20. Breath loud in her ears casey cursed herself for all the after work doughnuts....

 

Horror writing prompts...theme ideas

Write a short horror story or a dark poem inspired by one of the themes below

1. Traffic

2. Cold lover

3. Late arrival

4. Judgement

5. Church bells

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6. Safe and sound

7. Jail cell

8. Demon eyes

9. Killing time

10. Sunset

11. Scaring

12. Dog with a bone

13. Broken nails

14. Medicines altar

15. Lost child

16. Ghostly tears

17. Dead mans lies

18. Bad habits

19. Chained love

20. Summoning

 

 

Horror picture prompts

Choose one of the horror picture prompts below and write a short horror story of at least 750 words

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Horror picture prompts for poetry

Choose one of the horror picture prompts below and write a dark poem or a ballad

 

 

Write a dark poem or ballad inspired by the picture prompt above
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Write a dark poem or ballad inspired by the picture prompt above
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Write a dark poem or ballad inspired by the picture prompt above
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Write a dark poem or ballad inspired by the picture prompt above
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Write a dark poem or ballad inspired by the picture prompt above
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Write a dark poem or ballad inspired by the picture prompt above
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Happy writing :)

 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Paranormal Romance writing prompts

Paranormal Romance Writing Prompts

The challenge of writing paranormal romance in a market heavily saturated with many authors all clambering to be the next Stephane Myer or Laurell.K. Hamilton (I include myself in this) is the challenge of being a fresh voice.

Write a short paranormal romance story inspired by the above picture prompt

Finding a new way to present you vampires, werewolves or witches in a way that grabs your readers attention and holds it, is critical if we are looking for success in this wonderfully fun genre.

Bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon describes the genre below well...

"Define "Paranormal", eh? Well, the Webster's dictionary defines paranormal as "not scientifically explainable". In publishing, the term has come to mean anything "other" than normal (brides, babies, cowboys, dukes, rakes, pirates). For publishing purposes Paranormal is a blanket term that covers an entire range of not necessarily related types of stories. Futuristic and SF romance and all sorts of fantasy romance, -- time travel, angels, devils, fairies, vampires, reincarnation, psychics, etc -- are published under the label of paranormal. Me, I call it "The Weird Stuff" with pride, and get a great kick out of reading and writing"

This definition gives us writers a lot of options to play with, so look outside your comfort zone, try something a little different, if you normally write about vampires try writing a short romance story involving an alien. The options really are only limited by your own imagination.

The following writing prompts below are meant to be used as a kickstart to get you the writer started on something fresh. So if it's writing block or looking for something a little new to try, why not experiment with one or more of the following story starters, themes or picture prompts below.

Paranormal romance story starters

Write a short paranormal romance story of at least 750 words using one of the story starters below

 

1. He was sick of waiting....

2. There was almost something beautiful in the snowfall that was killing him slowly...

3. The cocking of the gun was the only warning she had...

4. A hundred years was a long time between dates...

5. Hands bound behind her back was a good hint that the night had ended badly...

6. "Kill her first"....

7. "I don't need a bodyguard"...

8. The sewer was the last place the humans would look...

9. Demons couldn't be trusted, even when asking for help...

10. The sound of booted feet approaching the locked cell door...

11. It was hard to poison a vampire but not impossible ...

12. Prix hated camping. She hated the bugs, the smoke and most of all she hated sleeping outside...

13. The house looked like it was about to fall down

14. The book kept landing on the floor with a heavy thud....

15. Watching the complex burn, she waited it wouldn't be long now ....

 

Paranormal Romance Theme Prompts

Choose one of the following themes and write a short paranormal romance story (or a poem of at least 200 words) inspired by the theme you have chosen

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1. Blind date

2. Housekeeping

3. Midnight dance

4. Broken mirror

5. Hidden familiar

6. Whispers

7. Promise me

8. Blood hunt

9. Homecoming

10. Tilted halo

11. Dark kiss

12. Moons rise

13. Buried secrets

14. Ultimatum

15. Spellbound

 

 

Paranormal Romance Picture Prompts For Short Stories

Choose one of the picture prompts below and write a short paranormal story of at least 750

 

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Write a short paranormal romance story of at least 750 words inspired by the picture above

 

 

Write a short paranormal romance story of at least 750 words inspired by the picture above

 

 

Write a short paranormal romance story of at least 750 words inspired by the picture above

 

 

Write a short paranormal romance story of at least 750 words inspired by the picture above

 

 

Write a short paranormal romance story of at least 750 words inspired by the picture above

 

 

Write a short paranormal romance story of at least 750 words inspired by the picture above

 

 

Paranormal Romance Picture Prompts For Poems

 

Write a poem or song inspired by one of the picture prompts below

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Write a poem or ballad inspired by the picture prompt above

 

 

Happy writing :)

 

 

 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Horror writing prompts for short stories

 

Writing horror can be a fun challenging way to explore some deeper emotions, fear, hate and jealousy are the first that come to mind with this genre . but one thing to always remember Is love, courage and even forgiveness can be great motivating factors when it comes to writing short stories in the genre of horror... After all what hells would you cross to save your child?

Write a dark poem or ballad inspired by the above picture prompt

 

So check out the below Story starters, themes and my favourite the picture prompt and inspire yourself today in the very much fun world of horror, where the darkest sides of humanity dwell and only the bold dare tread...

 

Story starters

Write a short horror story using one of the opening sentences below

 

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1.There was something wrong with the food...

2. He had sworn it wouldn't happen again...

3. The seat looked empty ...

4. The city had burned for days...

5. There was something stuck to the letter box...

6. Stay behind me...

7. She never knew how many people were watching ...

8. The headstone had been broken in two...

9. The headlights of the car ...

10. The cat shivered on the front step, wet with rain and blood...

 

 

Story themes

Choose one of the themes below to write a short horror inspired story of no less then 750 words...

 

 

1. Doll

2. Writing on the wall

3. Empty shell

4. Gagged

5.Invasion

6. Asylum

7. Green thumb

8. Night dance

9. Following footsteps

10. Yesterday's tears

 

 

Picture prompt

Write a short story of at least 750 words inspired by one of the horror picture prompts below

 

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Picture prompts for Poetry

Using the horror picture prompts below, write a dark poem, ballad or even a song inspired by one of the horror writing prompts below

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Write a dark poem or balled inspired by the picture prompt above

 

 

Write a dark poem or balled inspired by the picture prompt above

 

 

Write a dark poem or balled inspired by the picture prompt above

 

Write a dark poem or balled inspired by the picture prompt above

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Writing prompts for poetry

Using creative writing prompts to inspire many forms of writing is a great way to inspire new ideas and direction in your creative journey. Many short stories, poetry and even novels have began as a writing prompt of some form or another, one of the most famous of these would be Mary Shelleys story of Frankenstien.
Mary Shelleys novel about the creation of life from the dead parts of different corpses was born out of a cold stormy night spent with Lord Byron. Who had suggested to a small group of writers that had gathered in the Villa Diodati one evening, that they try their hand at writing a ghost story .
In essence to write using a prompt given by someone else in a genre not to familiar to the young author. From this night of creative experimentation the now famous novel Frankenstien was born as was the story 'The Vampyre' written by John Polidori which would inspire the later story of Dracula written by Bram Stoker.
Writing prompts are not only to be used to break the dreaded writers block, but they can be an awesome tool to simply challenge ourselves and inspire new ideas . Why not try your hand at some of the writing prompts for poetry below. explore a genre that your not familiar with be it horror or romance or something entirely different. There are no wrong turns in our creative journey, only paths not yet travelled...


The themed writing prompt

Write a poem based on one of the following themes below
  1. Home
  2. Tombstone
  3. Stormy eyes
  4. Photo
  5. Love letter
  6. Next time
  7. Overgrown
  8. Little lies
  9. Tomorrow
  10. Perfect man
  11. Mama
  12. Titans
  13. Blue ribbon
  14. Washed up
  15. Ghosts

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Writing prompts for Paranormal Romance

One of my favorate genres is paranormal romance, when done right you have a perfect balance of romance and dark intrigue sprinkled with enough supernatural themes to make you reach for more.
Everything from demons, ghosts and the ever popular vampire delight and torment our fantasies making the paranormal genre one of the fastest growing area in book sales today
Here you will find writing prompts to help inspire you on your own creativity journey into the genre of the paranormal romance ...Everything from story starters, picture prompts and writing themes


Paranormal romance story starters

Write a short paranormal romance story of at least 750 words using one of the opening prompts below
  1. Last appointment of the day had to be a vampire...
  2. He could sense the others, they were close...
  3. Just once it would be nice to be able to use a love potion for herself
  4. The poison was working faster then he had thought...
  5. " you are supposed to be dead"...
  6. The only word he heard was wife....
  7. Beth hated babysitting, children had a way of always getting into trouble on her watch...
  8. "We have 24 hours to find the traitor"...
  9. Keeping low to the ground, she moved towards her unsuspecting mark...
  10. The unlit cabin was a welcome sight as the stormed unleashed the rain it had been threatening...
  11. The house at the end of the street had always stood empty...
  12. The wheels on the car were still spinning as Zoe pushed herself through the windscreen...
  13. The family had gathered their faces drawn with grief as the minutes ticked by...
  14. She had seen this kind of kill before...
  15. It was impossible that he had found her already...