By Shannon Robinson.
Mid-October. The nights are getting longer, and the temperature is dropping. Maybe it’s my Canadian blood, but I thrive in the chill. And the extra hours of darkness encourage me to hunker down and write. As Halloween approaches, I think there’s no better time to start a ghost story. Even if you’ve never written a spooky story—or any kind of story, why not give it a try? You may surprise yourself. Frankenstein was eighteen-year-old Mary Shelley’s first work of fiction. She started writing it for a competition between her, Percy Bysshe, John Polidori, and Lord Byron to see who could write the best horror tale. (... I think she won.)
But here’s a scary thing: the blank page. Below is a list of open-ended writing prompts if you need help getting started:
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