I just finished a short story. This one, called “A Haunted Man”, is about a family that moves into a haunted house. Sound familiar? Well, I tried to put a twist on it by focusing on the father of the family, who’s one of those characters who thinks because he’s a man’s man that he knows it all and that the ghostly going-ons around the house are the result of his wife being a silly woman and his kids having overactive imaginations. Those characters appear in a lot of scary stories, and they always get themselves into trouble. Especially when they finally realize that there’s a ghost in the house and they try to handle it themselves because that’s what men do, instead of doing the smart thing and getting someone with experience with ghosts to come by and get rid of the ghosts.

I basically took that character, that I’m-a-man-who-does-what-men-do character and decided to make him the subject of a short story about a haunted house. It was a difficult story to write, though. I had to go back at one point and rewrite the whole story because the way I was writing it didn’t make sense to me (for more on that, read my post I Shouldn’t Use Present Tense). And even after I started the rewrite, it was difficult going. I think that means I’m going to have to do a lot of editing on this short story. Or that I should instead adapt it into a low-budget horror film because it would work very well in that format. Hmm…if I did that, I wonder how I would get it done? And who would help me?

Well, that’s beside the point for the moment. I’m glad to have gotten the short story done and I think I did an okay job portraying the main character as I wanted him to be portrayed. I’ll see what I can do with it and maybe decide from there if I should try to publish it, or maybe adapt it into a horror film or some other third option.

For now though, I’m going to start thinking about what’s next on my agenda. I told a friend I’d write an article for a magazine that he runs, so I’m going to get that done. After that I think I’ll write down which short stories I’m going to work on next. I want to work on so many more, but I really have to get back to my WIP Laura Horn, so I’m going to limit the number to somewhere around five or six short stories and cap it off there. Maybe when LH is done, I’ll write the rest of the short stories I wanted to get done. We’ll see.

Well, that’s all for now. I’m going to take a break and relax after an afternoon full of writing. See you in the morning, Followers of Fear.


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