So I’ve been lucky enough to take part in the Talking Scars course on Litreactor run by renowned horror and suspense writer, Jack Ketchum.
In our first week jack gave us a lecture and and assignment. The assignment was to “Write from the Wound”. We had to write a paragraph about a fearful/scary/terrible event that had happened to us in real life and then fictionalise it somehow in a 1200-3000 word story.
The exercise was meant to teach us to re-live an experience in our heads and transfer those emotions and feelings that we felt onto our character on the written page. Like method acting – but for writers.
I churned out a cool little story that I’m not too sure is horror, but I feel is certainly suspenseful. I called it “The Leper’s Hill”. The other writers in the class have all written some fantastic tales as well, based on some pretty scary real life happenings. Now I just need to try and find an appropriate market for it, which may be a little more difficult. Really looking forward to hearing Jack’s feedback on our tales.
You can find a link to the mp3 audio of Jack’s Writing from the Wound lecture on his website, here: http://www.jackketchum.net/2013/09/06/writing-from-the-wound/