Writing about fear

eye01Writing can be very cathartic, enabling people to work through their personal crisis by laying out that fear and scrutinizing it. Generally , I feel we avoid things we fear, but fear is drama. It touches upon our humanity, and many people can share in that fear.

Okay, maybe not all fears. Let’s delve into some of mine and we’ll see if you share the fear or can offer some of your own. Remember, from these fears you can find sparks of creativity, perhaps a plot bunny will arise, or you’ll find something to inspire you;

This seems sage advice;

– I’d write about a Creative Muse haunting an author, by teasingly offering ideas only to snatch them away

– I’d write about parasites, namely ticks. Oddly enough, I’m fine with leeches, but something that embeds itself, spreads horrible diseases, and bloats up with blood just grosses me out.

– I’d write about freezing to death. I hate being cold.

– I’d write about the loss of a child. When I had my son, I felt such overwhelming fear of something happening to him. What if a dog mauled him? What if he got cancer? What if someone stole him? Its better now, but only toned down a bit.

– I’d write about the bizarre. Movies with gore and death don’t bother me as much as weirdness. If something doesn’t make sense, is like a bad dream, or even people behaving ‘not normal’ frightens me.

I’m not afraid of snakes or spiders. I don’t fear stalkers, after having dealt with one. I’m not overly aggressive about that type of story. I once dreamed of someone kidnapping me and while he was dialoging how evil I was, I realized ‘Oh my god, he’s going to kill me” and I punched him in the face. Once down, I kicked him- hard, and got away.

What are some of your worst fears? Leave in comments.

Writer’s Prompt- Take your fear and write a short story about it, trying to find a resolution to that fear.


4 Replies to “Writing about fear”

  1. I do try to write my own fears into my pieces, if only to make them feel more real. I’ve written about seeing friends die, of being dragged beneath the water (BIG fear of open water here…*shudder*), of being kidnapped and kept completely blind during the ordeal, and a great number of other things. It’s not only cathartic, but it definitely makes a story feel more REAL, don’t you think?


    1. Very true. I find, however, that real life scary situations difficult to write. Its one thing to write about fear, but I find it nerve-wracking writing about a real life experience. An example was when my family was stalked by this guy who threatened to kill us; he tapped the phone, vandalized our cars, and once a drive by shooting occurred. None of it could be proven, however. I find writing about more frustrating than cathartic, but then…maybe I should write my own solution. He gets shot, or arrested, or something, like eaten by a bear 😉


      1. What’s a little cathartic writing without taking out your latent aggressions on people that you otherwise couldn’t in real life? ^_~

        I agree with you though that sometimes writing about things that scare you can be extremely stressful. In my zombie apocalypse novel I wrote this one scene where the main character finds a baby stroller filled with blood but I ended up not being able to do it…my daughter was only about six months old at the time and just thinking about that kind of thing made me want to burst into tears or throw up. @_@


  2. I also avoid writing about pets/animals being killed. That can really hang onto me long after its written or read. But yeah, I completely understand that scene not one you’d like to visit for very long. yikes


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