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spooky book photoThis week’s Writing Spark is inspired by the change in season and by a recent short story workshop I attended with Alannah Hopkin on ‘The Uncanny”.

Living rurally, I find myself more aware of the weather and as the nights draw in, my writing tends to get darker, deeper and more atmospheric. This week, I’d like you to take note of the changing weather – the cold, the mists, the rain and moody skies –  and use it to set the scene for the beginning of a spooky story.

Write an opening paragraph that sets the scene for a spooky tale – it could be people gathering around to start telling a ghost story, it could be the start of the ghost story itself when something uncanny suddenly happens, or it can merely set the tone for what might follow.

Make it alluring, atmospheric – and make our skin crawl.

As always write for fun, write for practice or write with a competition in mind – it’s a bit early for halloween but there might be a themed competition or submission you were hoping to enter. If so, use this as a starting point to get your ideas out of your head and onto the page.

As always, we’d love to see what you come up with.

Happy writing!


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