I must admit I use my own fears for the good of my writing--to spur the imagination. Fear helps me create scary scenarios. Elements of fear are widely used in movies and books to scare the bajeebers out of the reader and movie audiences.Common Fear Elements
*The dark (What is in the dark? Is it coming for you? What will “it” do to you?)
*Vicious Dogs (Can you imagine being chased by rabid, angry or possessed dogs?)
*Spiders (Can you imagine waking up in bed wrapped in a spider web and seeing the spider over you chomping?)*Snakes (Remember Indiana Jones and his fear of snakes?)
In The Hotel (working title), my MC’s fears include an abusive father, not being able to escape her horrible life, and of losing those she loves most. People can be driven to desperation when they are afraid.Fear can touch the reader in very personal ways.
If you write, how have you used fear? If you are a reader, what fear was used in a book (or movie) that still lingers in your mind?
Have a great weekend!