Endings can be a problem. Above all, ghost writing is about atmosphere. What has always appealed to me is the modern gothic, the unsettling and even the unsavoury in literature.
Ghost writing is in many ways the opposite of crime or detective fiction, whose worlds are more logical than real life — you find out who did it — whereas the supernatural can have no straightforward point of revelation to work towards.
Even the most sceptical can be seduced by it. The mood and resonance, the sounds, scents and tense awareness that here is a place where anything could happen.
The ghosts should not be visible — at least not in any straightforward way. As Roald Dahl boldly claimed: This is an era conversant with extreme horror and increasingly successful crime genres, with console games that scatter images of blood on the screen.
Ghost writing must involve a blurring between reality and madness or projection.
Form is an issue. And so it took only a small shift to see that I could take this one step further. The conventions of traditional ghost stories are there to play with, and, for the modern writer, there is pleasure to be had in hidden rooms, with resistant houses and barely heard sounds.
Yet we still seem to desire less definable hauntings in the form of the gothic, vampiric and ghostly. I firmly believe in tying up narrative strands, so while every human story must be followed to its conclusion, the reader must be left plot-satisfied but intentionally uneasy, the paranormal at play in the margins.
How does one write for an audience that is cynical, yet still wishes to be terrified? There is a fine balance between the psychological and the spectral. Tropes can be ignored or upended, and chilling child patterings and mysterious stains are an enticing part of what Henry James called "the strange and sinister embroidered on the very type of the normal and easy".
So there is a necessary ambivalence.
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Language Target: Organizing and writing a ghost story using simple sentences and easy paragraphs. Working with simple past tense verbs with specified nouns and adjectives.
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