Halloween Writing Prompts – 6 Writing Prompts to Get You Writing About Fear

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

2020 was the year none saw coming. It’s challenged all of us in different ways and we’ve all cycled through a range of difficult emotions this year. From grief to the loss of our lives pre-pandemic to loneliness and fear at what the future may hold.

Writing about difficult emotions is often where we achieve our best creative and personal growth and fear is an excellent one to start with.

Think about your scariest memory and it will surely be a visceral one, a memory where you remember every sound, scent and shadow like it was yesterday. This is what fear does to us. It fine-tunes the senses and makes powerful memories that are difficult to shake.

Scared about knocking on fear’s door? This quote from Salvador Dali may help!

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
– Salvador Dali

Ignoring your inner critic, take a look through the list of writing prompts below, set your timer for 10 minutes and get stuck into one of the prompts. Why not try to complete one each day for the rest of the week?

6 writing prompts for Halloween

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  1. Write down 10 things that scare you.

Don’t stop to think or edit, just write them down as quickly as possible.

Then, take one thing from your list and dive into that fear. What about that particular thing scares you? How does it make you feel?

  1. “Laughter is poison to fear.”

— George R.R. Martin

Now, imagine humour as a character and write about humour’s reaction to one of your fears? What happens when humour meets fear? Get creative and give humour a personality!

  1. Share the scariest moment of your life.

Remember a particular situation when you felt fear. What did it taste like? Where were you? What colours do you remember? What smells did you notice?

When we write with all of our senses switched on, writing becomes an embodied practice, because we write from all of our body. We don’t write from our head, we write from our senses. We write about what we can see, taste, touch, smell and feel.

When you write about what scares you, give as much sensory detail as possible.

  1. Write about a moment when you overcame fear.

Think about the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt at the beginning of this blog post. How did you feel when you overcame your fear? What have you gained from that experience?

  1. Start a story with ‘In the dark…’.

One of our first fears as children is of the dark, and many people hold onto this fear into adulthood.

It doesn’t have to be scary if that isn’t where you want to go. Be creative, be open and see what comes up.

  1. ‘Do something everyday that scares you’.

What does this famous saying mean to you?

Can you think of something that you could do today that scares you?

We hope you enjoyed these fear-themed Halloween writing prompts!

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