Endings can be a problem. Yet we still seem to desire less definable hauntings in the form of the gothic, vampiric and ghostly.
This is an era conversant with extreme horror and increasingly successful crime genres, with console games that scatter images of blood on the screen. And so it took only a small shift to see that I could take this one step further.
Perfection can be eerie. Even the most sceptical can be seduced by it. Tropes can be ignored or upended, and chilling child patterings and mysterious stains are an enticing part of what Henry James called "the strange and sinister embroidered on the very type of the normal and easy".
What has always appealed to me is the modern gothic, the unsettling and even the unsavoury in literature. I firmly believe in tying up narrative strands, so while every human story must be followed to its conclusion, the reader must be left plot-satisfied but intentionally uneasy, the paranormal at play in the margins.
As Roald Dahl boldly claimed: The ghosts should not be visible — at least not in any straightforward way. The mood and resonance, the sounds, scents and tense awareness that here is a place where anything could happen. How does one write for an audience that is cynical, yet still wishes to be terrified?
Ghost writing is in many ways the opposite of crime or detective fiction, whose worlds are more logical than real life — you find out who did it — whereas the supernatural can have no straightforward point of revelation to work towards. He is always at one remove: There is a fine balance between the psychological and the spectral.
France leads the way, with its hit supernatural series Les Revenantswhile ghost writer Marc Levy is now the most read living French writer in the world. The conventions of traditional ghost stories are there to play with, and, for the modern writer, there is pleasure to be had in hidden rooms, with resistant houses and barely heard sounds.
Ghost writing must involve a blurring between reality and madness or projection. Above all, ghost writing is about atmosphere. Form is an issue. So there is a necessary ambivalence.location for your story, a character, an action and an ending.
Try now, to write a longer story than in challenge one. Remember to describe the weather, the atmosphere, the sounds, the actions in as much detail as possible.
Don’t forget to look back at the suggestions and examples given earlier. Aim to write at – words. Write down the things that scare you – from being stuck in a lift to getting old, from Teletubbies to toenail jam Create a mood or theme board on Pinterest Write out your synopsis as if it was a ghost story being narrated around a camp fire.
Licence information for Writing a Ghost Story - Cave Summary An eerie underground dwelling is discovered and it seems to be haunted, in this set-up designed to help a Key Stage 1/2 literacy class with creative writing activities.
A ghostly figure in an underground lair: a KS1/KS2 literacy idea This is a stimulus for writing a ghost story in KS1 or KS2 English. It can be shown on an interactive whiteboard and used as a lesson starter.
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