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by | Oct 18, 2017

How to write your best SCARY story!

With Halloween coming up, we thought we would treat you to a spooky snippet from the fabulous How to Write Your Best Story Ever! by Christopher Edge, to help you create your own terrifying tales…

How to write your best SCARY story!

What scares you? A haunted house with creaking stairs? A ghostly apparition flitting through the forest? A vampire rising from its grave as the clock strikes twelve? Or maybe a spider scuttling across the floor giving you the evil eye?

When writing a scary story you can turn your own fears into fiction and give your readers a fright! Your story could have the usual scary suspects – ghosts and zombies, werewolves and monsters – or you could add a supernatural twist to an ordinary object, such as a cursed smartphone with an app that can bring the dead back to life! Use your imagination and graphic descriptions to build your own spine-chilling tale.

The language of horror!

We have a wide range of words for you to help you make your writing more powerful. Which words from this web could you use to describe the characters, settings and events of your scary story?

scary word cloud


Create a horrible villain

A good horror story needs a good villain! Download our free activity sheets to help with creating your own villainous characters…

villain character profile activity sheet
Download this activity sheet to create your own villain character profile


Create your own villain description








Download this activity sheet to write a description of your villain

More creative writing ideas from Oxford Owl

Please note: all book links lead to more information on Amazon.co.uk


How to Write Your Best Story Ever!

Christopher Edge

From how to overcome writer’s block to what words to use to best effect, How to Write your Best Story Ever! is designed to help all children unlock their story ideas and write their own best ever stories.

Packed with entertaining illustrations that will inspire your child, this book is filled with tips on how to write in particular genres, create exciting characters, and write powerful sentences using metaphors, similes, and idioms.