This week on Hide and Create Moses Siregar, Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland, and Joshua Essoe talk about writing monsters.
A monster isn’t just a beasty with fangs and an appetite. A monster is something that offends our sensibilities, sets the fine hairs on the backs of our necks on end.
So how do you do it? Think about what primal human fears are. Take those fears and create a monster to exploit them. One sterling piece of advice to keep things scary is to let the reader do the work of scaring themselves by keeping the monster hidden. Que readers how to respond through character reactions.
There are many ways to approach creating a horrifying monster, but as with most everything story-related, the key is evoking a powerful emotional reaction in your readers.
Joshua Essoe is a full-time, freelance editor. He’s edited for David Farland, Dean Lorey, Mark Lefebvre, James A. Owen, and many top-notch independents and winners of Writers of the Future. Read some of his other articles for Kobo, Grammar Girl, and Fictorians.