Campfire Stories

“You have to be careful with the stories you tell. And you have to watch out for the stories that you are told.”

― Thomas King, The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative

Writing Prompt:

The camping trip was going well until the teens started telling stories around the campfire. At first they didn’t notice anything strange, until one of the teens mentioned that his story took place in the very woods they were camping. He spoke of monsters and missing people. They heard a noise, and the boy went quiet. They joked about getting scared over squirrels, and he kept telling his story. The noises got louder as he went on, until the very end when he said the monsters were defeated, and suddenly the woods were silent. The kids, young and brave, thought nothing of it, and continued to tell stories about the woods in order to scare one another. At the end of most of the stories, the monsters, ghosts, and murderers were killed off, but the last story was different. A young woman with blue hair told her friends of the banshee woman, and how she only showed up to warn you of impending death. If you heard her scream, you better prepare yourself. Her story did not have a happy ending, and the teens now began competing for scariest story. They would soon find out that they had released all their stories into reality…

Writing Tip:

Writing something that’s frightening can be difficult, but a good idea is to pay attention to the speed of your narrative. When things become more tense, shorten your sentences, make them more direct. Don’t spend too much time on thoughts and details because your character doesn’t have time to think! It’s time to run! Quick, short, action-filled sentences can really get the heart racing. Imagine what your character is doing and how can you represent that with your syntax?


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