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I'm trying to write a horror story, any tips?

how can I create suspense?

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Get inside the characters' heads... what are they thinking, smelling, feeling, hearing? BE the character, and imagine how you would feel. This is why Stephen King has to pay someone to look under his bed before he gets in it at night... htg.

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Ironically, it would have been more suspenseful if you hadn't mentioned that's what you're doing. But, with that said, make us care about a character, so we can relate to them or identify with them a bit, and then....

Slam! All of a sudden they get squashed (or boiled) (or frozen) (... you get the idea...)

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When you write it, describe everything as you write. Drag out simple details, make them important and add subtle clues along the way. Give your readers something to think about, but don't make it painfully obvious. Give them a close call, then before relief can set in- WHAM! Hit them hard! It's easier to make the smell of a familiar flower have more meaning than just a smell, or the sound of something. Just make them want to keep reading.

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1. start it off in a weird setting
2. Never warn the Reader when the terror is coming, you may leave hints like hearing about a murderer in the neighborhood
3. Give events building up to the event. Example: I just left my grandma's house for the day. I stayed too long, it was dark, and I was walking home. I heard rustling in the bushes but assumed it was just my head. I felt as if I were being watched. It all of a sudden was freezing cold, the air so dense and icy. I started to run. I soon was bolting towards my home feeling wind behind my back!

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Let the reader inside the characters head, make them care for the character. Then give the small events leading up to it (not big ones, just tiny hints) then all of a sudden, kill the guys best friend. The guy gets scared,
And is sad, and let's his guard down. More tiny clues, then BAM! No more character. :D

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Get ideas and learn how to write from the pros. Read other horror books from a writers perspective instead of a readers perspective. Basically, that means to notice all the writing strategies the author used, and apply those strategies to your own writing.

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Create at least two "creepy" characters, one of whom will turn out to be a REAL creep while the other will ultimately turn out to be just a harmless eccentric. Of course you may wanna make your readers believe the exact opposite is true until the last pages of the story.

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