Writers, no doubt you have experienced it before. The bout of inspiration that hits you when an uplifting season comes around. Be it a time of the year that you have fond memories of or the energy of others brings you up. Today, I will be discussing a time of the year that fills me with the creative spirit and why it should lend the same spirit to you as well. It is the time for scares, horror and suspense!
The Addams Family Aesthetic
The first bit of inspiration I have dubbed the Addams Family Aesthetic. A sense of enjoyment that one feels when surrounded by the spooky and supernatural. The Addams Family, whether you saw the show, movie or cartoon, was a phenomenon. Children, now adults, watched the creepy family revel in the weird and terrible.
Even to this day, the spirit of Addams Family lives on. Writers and artists create inspired by the creepy. Stories and artworks of classic horror icons or simply a cute skeleton have blossomed all over the internet. It is holiday sense that falls perfectly in October with the coming of Halloween. Although a bit childish, it is an energy that I am grateful to have.
What Scares You?
As a writer, I often ask myself what scares me. I enjoy a suspenseful story, but a story that fills me with a dread that is unique to me. With that in mind, a sense of inspiration to create a nightmare is found. No time is better to start writing or at least planning a thriller or horror novel than October. It is during this season that you are surrounded with what could scare you, thus hitting a writer’s block is less likely.
Ideas surround you as a thriller writer, now is the time to jump at the opportunity. Make use of that inspiration, that energy and write something that you wouldn’t read at night. Of course, I am not the first writer to announce this, many of the great authors have made the same conclusion, but to all young writers looking for the right time to write, it is now.
If you lack the time to plan, let alone write, then one need only ask themselves that simple question. What scares you?
Embracing the Season
Taking things a step further than most, it is around this time of year that the horror fans start watching the latest in horror movies. No better time of year for it as Hollywood realises this rise in the market. Horror super-fans or not, anyone interested in watching a spooky movie feels the societal obligation to watch such movies at this time of year.
One can choose to fight it, although where is the fun in that? I live in South Africa where Halloween isn’t celebrated, yet the spirit is happily received here. I, as you can guess, choose to embrace the season whole-heatedly. I watch horror movies, read spooky stories and dabble with creepy art and writing. I wouldn’t say I always had an interest in the unnerving filmography or even the mildly disturbing story when I was growing up. Yet, all it took was a brush with gory horror films and a stack of Goosebumps books to start me on the path.
With a brave heart and a solid spine, I now enjoy the genres that made it difficult to visit the bathroom in the middle of the night. Play the creepy piano playlist and open a fresh document, writers, and embrace your darkest side!
The Ridiculous Side
In addition to the wonderfully sinister side Spooktober, there is a more ridiculous and light-hearted side. Being third last month of the year, it fits perfectly into the silly-season as well. It is around this time of year that people with childish minds, or simply goofy personalities, make fun of the season. Harmless pranks are not what I speak of, but finding comedy in the horror is what is their focus.
These are the people who subvert expectations with stories and art that puts a more positive spin on Spooktober. Stories that start off with a creepy theme suddenly turn ridiculous. I have written such a story myself, Scratch and had a lot of fund writing it as well. It goes further beyond writing, reaching films and art that make light of the season.
Does this take anything away from the time of year? No, not at all. There is a reason that the phrase ‘poetic licence’ is used often when it comes to subverting expectations. Creating something abnormal is in fact, normal. While it might not be to your taste to write something akin to a thriller, perhaps comedy is something that interests you. In which case, you can still get something out of the haunting month!
Spooky Writing Prompts!
A new segment I plan on adding to articles such as this will include some fun writing prompts. Here are 10 writing prompts that you can use to write short stories or full thriller novels!
With that, I will end this article and wish you a frightful Spooktober. Hopefully this peek into the inspirational side of the month has given you the keen energy to create. Have fun and as always…
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