I’ve wanted to take part in a 30 day writing challenge for a while now but struggled to find one that really inspired me, so I’ve decided to create my own specially for The Mausoleum Scriptures. As of this evening, I will be posting daily, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled.
Feel free to take part – if you want to get involved but can’t commit to the full 30 days, then choose the challenges that you like the sound of and just do them. I will be more than happy to post any contributions, or links to other blogs/publications if you decide to upload them elsewhere.
- Choose a song at random and write a short horror story inspired by it.
- Genre bending #1 – choose a well-known story and make it creepy.
- Genre bending #2 – choose a well-known horror story and give it a new genre.
- Choose a friend or family member and create a dark, disturbing backstory for them.
- Take a handful of your favourite horror villains and put them in a room together.
- Write a story or poem based on a nightmare you’ve had.
- Create your zombie apocalypse team. The members can be real or fictional, but you must provide detailed profiles for them.
- Take your top five fictional characters (of any genre) and put them in a slasher scenario where only one can make it out alive.
- Compose a spooky sonnet.
- Watch a horror film and write a review for it.
- Take your ultimate celebrity crush and describe them in a very off-putting way.
- Go for a walk, take a notepad and pen with you and sketch your journey. (As in live describe it, don’t literally draw it!)
- Open a book at random and start a horror story/play/poem with the last line.
- Write a short Gothic play set in the past.
- Write from the perspective of an antagonist.
- Tell us a spooky anecdote. If you’ve never had such an encounter, exaggerate one or make one up.
- Automatic writing – spit out the darkest things that come to mind without thinking about it, it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make sense!
- Write an opinion column on something you truly despise, don’t be afraid to unleash the venom.
- Analyse a Gothic/horror poem and write an essay on it.
- Create your dream horror movie soundtrack (list ten songs).
- Make a detailed plan for that horror movie using the songs you have chosen for inspiration.
- History lesson – choose a spooky topic or look up a creepy event and write a non-fiction piece on it.
- You have been infected with a virus and you lock yourself away so that you can’t harm those you love. Write them an honest letter and describe the changes happening to you.
- Your home town as been hit by a disaster. Write a diary entry/entries detailing the events as they unfold.
- Describe your average day from the view-point of a serial killer who’s looking to strike again.
- Write a eulogy for the first person to die in a dumb way in a horror film you’ve seen.
- You are your country’s leader and you are going to war with an extra-terrestrial race. Write an empowering speech to unite your people.
- Find a partner (or partners) and keeping taking turns to write a sentence until you have a full horror story.
- A cheese grater, a sock and a toothbrush – incorporate all these things in your story/play/poem.
- Choose your favourite piece from the last 29 days and develop it further. Really run with it if you think it has potential.