How to Write a Dark or Sad Story
Do you want to give your story or writing project a dark or tragic turn? Are you unsatisfied with your ability to write anything but happy stories? With practice and planning, you can write a story that will chill and/or depress even your most lighthearted readers.
Writing Your Own Story
Get an outline.List the events of the story, and figure out the plot line. It's best to know what you're writing about so you won't have to worry about it when you're trying to form the words. As your character goes through the bad events, come up with detailed images in your head. Using your creativity, form words to go along with that image.
Wait for a day when there is heavy rain.Once the raindrops start hitting the streets, go outside and walk around. This way, you'll achieve a sense of seriousness, a dramatic feeling, or inspiration.
- If you would prefer not to get wet, carry an umbrella with you.
Read some dark literature.Sometimes, seeing how other authors wrote their stories may help you write yours. Don't be afraid to try out their writing style, but make sure you aren't plagiarizing.
Get a feel going.Play a very sad or depressing song. Often, music will unlock a feeling inside of you that cannot be brought out in any other way. You could also construct a playlist of depressing, sad songs so that you have a continuous loop of them playing.
Write in a place where you're all by yourself.Distractions often can divert your attention from writing the story. A loud, noisy environment where you cannot concentrate makes it harder for the words to come out, and you'll only end up with frustration. A quiet room is what you'll need in order to properly think.
Try to get the feel of what you're writing about.If your main character is a patient with terminal cancer, then go visit someone who has terminal cancer. If you can't find one, go online and look up some journals.
Dim the lights when you write.You don't want any light to blind your sight into the words of your mind. This will also create a dark atmosphere in which you'll truly feel depressed.
Write as if you're taking all the sadness, desires, hate, frustration, and hurt in you and turning them into words.This can be immensely cathartic. Use a thesaurus if necessary in order to come up with heart-touching words.
Use good punctuation.Full stops at the end of sentences. If you're not sure about the commas, have someone with the eye of an eagle and the heart of a grammar Nazi look it over for you. Don't overuse ellipses.
If you are taking in all the sadness of the world, you will be mocked beyond your comprehension.This act takes over your life. If you really want to save the world, of give the world resources to do such, ignore the world's mockery and resentment and write to the best of your ability.
QuestionHow do I know if my story is worthy?Mikaela WertherCommunity AnswerLet a parent/teacher read it and ask for their advice and honest opinion. You may even get advice from them to make your story better!Thanks!
QuestionIf I accidentally made my story happy, how do I turn it around and make it sad?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou could write about a sudden accident or a illness that one of your characters suddenly has to deal with. A character who has to face a situation where a friend or family member is hurt or sick could cause your readers to feel very sad for them. The character doesn't need to die, the struggle will be enough to make the story sad.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if there isn't a quiet place in my house to write?Stompy78Community AnswerYou could possibly write your story in the library or somewhere other than your house, or you could try putting in earbuds and listening to some classical music.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I don't have any ideas for writing?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFind something that inspired you. Examples include: Friends, family, animals, love interest, dreams, desires, wishes, movies, etc. Keep writing until you come up with an idea you love. It'll come to you, you just have to be patient.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I make a romance novel take a sad turn?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere are many possibilities such as having one of the characters die or move away. You could also have the characters miss a connection that ruins the possibility of them being together.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I improve my ability to express sadness and painful emotions in a more poetic way?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should try reading and writing sad poems, and try to mimic that in your own writing. The more you practice, the easier it will get for you to express sadness and painful emotions.Thanks!
How you could start a depressive story?
How do I start off dramatic story?
- Imagine if you were in the characters shoes, how would you feel?
- Be sure that your work makes sense... read it a hundred times over if you must.
- Don't get distracted.
- Try to surprise yourself, not just the reader.
- You don't have to be a serious person to be a serious writer.
- And you don't have to write on paper. With a typewriter or with a computer is just fine.
- Give your readers an idea of what you're writing.
- Have a trusted other person read your story and give you their reaction as you go along. Keep in mind that revising isn't just making sure you did everything grammatically correctly-- it can mean changing elements of your story, even main components.
- Try to put yourself in the character's shoes, it helps in a lot of different ways. It will help you decide the thoughts and actions better.
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