Thursday, October 10, 2013

Spooky Story Blogging Challenge!

The other day, my mother I were swapping stories about our most dread childhood "monsters." Of course we look back on them now and laugh, but at the time these fears were very real terrors for both of us!

As we talked, we challenged each other to write a short story about our childhood terrors. A "ghost story" if you will, which we will then post on Halloween.

And I thought . . . hey! Why not open this up to all of you too?

So I am inviting you to take part in this story challenge:


 
 
It's very simple . . . you write a short story (less than 2000 words--flash fiction would also work really well here!) about your most dreadful childhood fear. The fear needs to be real, but make certain the story itself is fictional--we're looking for stories, not memoirs!
 
And the big goal of this challenge: End on the punch line. End on the moment of highest terror. No resolution!
 
Mummy and I have already written ours which we'll be sharing, and Rohan decided to write one as well.  And it's awesome! I'll be sharing it on Halloween along with mine. It's called What If It Comes Back? and it gave me goosebumps.
 
If you decide to participate, simply publish your story on your blog on Halloween, then email me (aestengl@gmail.com) the link. I will compile all the links to all the participating stories so that everyone can easily go around and read everyone else's.
 
It's just a for fun exercise. But I have to say, I really enjoyed writing mine, and Rohan had a blast dusting off his creative writing skills to participate as well.
 
So what do you think? Do you have a childhood chill that might turn into a fun, spooky story?

10 comments:

Hannah said...

Ha, ha! I'm not sure whether I will have the time to participate or not, but I look forward to reading your spooky stories. Watch, they'll freak me out. :)

Sarah said...

This sounds like fun. Maybe I'll try it if I have time!

Meredith said...

Oh, sounds great! I definitely have some spooky childhood memories. This sounds like a challenging exercise, particularly the part about not resolving the story but leaving the readers ahnging! So excited to read the stories you, your mother and Mr. Rohan have written.

Jenelle Leanne said...

Fun stuff... I will have to think on this... I'm currently entrenched in trying to finish my Glass Slipper story, but if I finish early, I might join in.

Clara Darling said...

FUN!!!!! I already have an idea....this is going to be a blast!

Becky said...

You all are so creative! I look forward to reading your stories.

Clara Darling said...

Oh, and I cannot WAIT to read Rohan's story!!

Bookishqueen said...

Honestly, I can only remember one childhood fear, and it would not make a good story at all. I have an idea for a story though, that has to do with my job, a bit of a what if. Could I write that and connect it to this?

Anne Elisabeth Stengl said...

Sure, why not? If it makes for a good, spooky story! I know everyone would enjoy reading it. :)

Jenelle Leanne said...

Totally had an idea as I was unable to fall asleep just now... so of course I had to get up and write it down. Will post it on Thursday and send you the link! Thanks for the fun Halloween blog post idea!