[Special note: This posting is on October 31, 2013. Tomorrow, November 1, Amazon is scheduled to feature You've Got a Book in You in its Daily Deals. FYI in case you're interested in picking up an extra copy or two because you've worn yours out… or for gifts…]
Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep, Farewell My Lovely and other greats) said, "When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand."
Why? Because it's a moment that's not just heart-clutching, it's scary.
Given the season, I've been thinking about scary things and their value in literature. I'm aware that authors sometimes have trouble coming up with scary things to write about. And that's a problem.
To put that problem in the rearview mirror forever, I present the Master List of Scary Things. When in doubt, have one of these come into your story. That's my advice. You are so welcome!
A group of clowns
The school cafeteria
Bats / snakes / spiders
Tarantulas (they're a spider, but they deserve their own line item)
Credit card agreement documents
A mob of zombies
That sealed Tupperware thing in the back of the fridge
A sudden black screen on your computer
Gas station bathrooms
The homeowners' association board of directors
Gigantic bald guys with earrings
The incontinence aisle
High school reunions
Unexplained night house sounds
Great white sharks
Loners in cabins
Deserted parking garages
Really high platform sandals
Feel free to use any or all in your next writing session.
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