Last weekend, I released a new YouTube video discussing the idea of channeling your own emotions, using them as writing prompts to tackle dark themes in your stories, and how this can result in more complex characters. I also reference some of my personal life experiences and explain how they manifest in my writing as an example.
I really believe that if you’re going to play with any particular theme in a story—be it light or dark—then it’s important to come from a personal place when doing so. Otherwise, you run the risk of writing a story that does not emotionally resonate with readers in an authentic way and instead comes across more like a dry essay or intellectual exercise in flexing your technical literary muscles.
At least, this has been my experience while wrestling with my WIP and reading other people’s writing.
For more Internet articles related to writing dark themes, check out these links below:
- 10 Dark Books for the Literarily Disturbed
- Free Creative Writing Prompts #6: Dark, Disturbing, and Weird
- 15 Dark Fantasy Writing Prompts to Help Spark Your Imagination