How To Write A Horror Script: Tips To Help Your Writing

Horror movies can contain some of the most thought provoking writing and story elements of all film. However, most horror films used to thrill and scare the audience without much thought to a gripping narrative. As a would-be horror writer, you must think about all of the elements that make up a good story as well as the elements that give people the hibbie jibbies. Making a engrossing story with terrifying elements will help you make the next “Exorcist” as opposed to the next “Piranha 3D”. In this article we’ll consider a few tips that will help you learn how to write a horror script.

When writing your horror script, you’ll want to make sure you have some level of passion or interest in it. There will be times where you will be asked to write a script about an idea you’re interested in, but it’s best to work as hard as you can to spin elements into the story that you are passionate about. Most people can tell the difference between a script written by an apathetic writer and a script from a writer who cares about what they’re writing so make sure you write with passion.

Next, spin horror into your story that people will connect with. Keep it to the basics. People are naturally afraid of things that they are unfamiliar with but experience in everyday life. For example, a story about a man who walks down the sidewalk at night and kills jogging women will relate with more people than a plot with a killer purple octopus terrorizing a space colony on the moon. Most very successful horror movies have villains and plots that keep things simple. For example Nightmare on Elm Street, one of the most successful horror movies of all time, captivates people because everyone relates with bad dreams. When people watch Nightmare on Elm Street they can relate with their own nightmares where they couldn’t wake up. This, of course, makes the movie even more terrifying.

Another thing to keep in mind when learning how to write a script is to keep it simple and then build layers of detail on top of it. If your plot can’t be explained in less than one or two sentences, you’ve probably made your story too complex (of course there are a few exceptions).

One of the most important things to remember when writing your horror script is have fun. There will be times where the stress about getting things right will get to you but it’s always important to get perspective about what you’re doing. If you’re writing a fantastic story that will scare the snot out of people, don’t forget that writing is fun.

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