Arts & Entertainment
Lesson time 3:15 min
Bob shares 20 story ideas to take away and make your own.
Here's something a little extra for you. And I put this up on the Masterclass Resources page, and you can download it and print it out and look at it and think about it, or not, or whatever. I put down 20 scary story ideas that you can use for kids. You can feel free. Take any one of them. Use them all. Put them-- whatever you want to do. These are 20 ideas. A lot of them I've done. A lot of them you can take and do in different ways. You can do whatever you want. I said earlier that I can tell you how to go about finding ideas, but I can't really tell you how to get an idea of your own. But here are 20 ideas you can use, and see if anything strikes you as interesting or useful, OK. Here we are. One, a creepy doll comes to life. Two, a scene from a nightmare comes true the next day. Three, days go by and your parents don't come home. Four, you feel yourself slowly becoming a monster. Five, your friends start to disappear and no one else notices. Six, you are lost in the woods and don't know how you got there. Seven, you're inhabited by a ghost that controls you and makes you do crazy things. I like that one. I've written it about six times. We're on eight. You have no reflection in the mirror. Nine, the teacher is a monster, but no one will believe you. 10, you hypnotize your brother, and you can't snap him out of it. Wishful thinking. 11, a fortune teller reveals that you are evil. 12, someone follows you home, and it's your exact double. 13, you find a diary that tells the future. 14, every time you wake up, you're a different person. 15, your parents explain that you are actually an alien from another planet. 16, you know someone is watching you day and night from the house across the street. 17, you realize you are shrinking. 18, while reading a scary book, you discover that you're a character in it. 19, someone is living in your mirror. And finally, 20, everyone knows your new neighbors are vampires, and the kids invite you over for a sleepover. And there's 20 good scary ideas that you're welcome to use for writing kids horror. [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC]
Award-winning novelist R.L. Stine wrote jokes and funny stories for 20 years before he switched gears and became a horror-writing legend. Since then, the author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series has sold more than 400 million copies. In his first-ever online writing class, Bob takes the fear out of crafting fiction. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you’ll learn new ways to conquer writer’s block, develop plots, and build nail-biting suspense that will thrill young readers.
I took this masterclass because I wanted to learn how to write for children, as well as adults. It definitely helped me gain better insight on how the mind of a child works.
Mr. Stine's class was an absolute pleasure to watch! His lighthearted and unpretentious approach makes the writing process seem a lot less scary, and after taking this course, I feel way more prepared to write my novel. Thanks Bob!!
I enjoyed this master class. R.L. Stine is funny and engaging. He gives clear instruction and specific examples. Highly Recommended. Shakira Shakira
this has given me a lot of ideas for books, and I can't wait to write them, R.L. Stine is the best and this is my favorite masterclass so far