I’ve been playing around with a few new story ideas. A writer pal of mine is taking submissions for a new anthology and I’m considering submitting a story but I haven’t written in that genre before. He’s a horror writer and the anthology is about monsters. I’m not unfamiliar with monsters. But I have a dilemma of sorts.
To date, I don’t do scary, gory, or horror. I’m not sure I have a dark side that’s dark enough to tap into. I’ve never been one to be intentionally cruel or vindictive and I tend to stay away from people who are. My path of self-discovery has most definitely brought me further into the light. So I’m now having to ask myself: where is my negative, my darkness?
Can I look into the shadows and find a monster I can look at and not run away from? Is there a monster in my mirror? Do I look outside myself for that monster? If so how do I look into the abyss and not get pulled in? How do I keep myself grounded in the light and draw the monsters out of the darkness?
I have a pretty active imagination. If you’ve ever read my other blog, the one my “evil twin” writes, you know I tend to lean toward the erotic more than the darkness. I don’t have a problem creating bad guys in my stories. The problem lies in making them bad enough, evil enough, dark enough. How do I find that darkness? Perhaps I’ll follow the trail of cookies…