Writing Tip: Tricks and Treats

photo-24It is the one day of the year that some people get to dress-up and be a character they have always wanted to be. From toddlers to the elderly, all ages enjoy a little bit of the Halloween festivities to come this week. Use this time to get creative while the little monsters and superheroes walk the streets in search of candy. Here are a few ways to get inspired by the Halloween theme:

Create your own character – many will be dressing as a character from a movie or some other public figure. Come up with your own creation in a poem, like you were an artist sketching a new superhero or alien creature for a movie. Give a vivid description of what they look like and the kind of personality they would have.

Set the scene – visualize the scenes you see in haunted houses or fall festivals. How would you create something better? Would your creation be as creepy as the dark forests from mythical tales or would you give it a more playful and colorful flare for a younger crowd. Be the production designer and use the senses in your written presentation.

baked-21777_960_720The Treats – there are so many delicious delights to write about. Describe the smell of the collection of candy you give out or your kids have received. Give us a few food poetry tales about the ghoulish and creative treats you came up with for your guests.

Tell a Halloween Story – did you have any weird encounters from past years? Perhaps you were dared to do something insane and it didn’t go as planned. Give an account of any eerie adventures you have had on Halloween. Or even make up a story to tell and start your own fictional adventure.

Be an observer – If dressing up is really not your thing, just be an observer and write what you see. Sit on your porch or balcony as you observe families during their journey from house to house. Go to a festival or party and write about the way people behave or interact. Dig deeper and see if they become the character they are dressed up as.

2Written by: Donna J. Sanders

Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.

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