Writing about superstitions can be a lot of fun! And incorporating superstitions into your horror or paranormal stories can add a dash of originality and uniqueness to the plot.
Superstition: is the term for belief in supernatural causality: that one event leads to the cause of another without any natural process linking the two events, such as astrology, religion, omens, witchcraft, etc., that contradicts natural science.
Here are 15 superstitions you can use in your story:
· Deaths occur in threes
· Bad luck comes in threes
· Friday the 13th is an unlucky day
· Breaking a mirror will give you seven years bad luck.
· Making a wish on a wishbone will make it come true.
· Finding a penny and picking it up will give you good luck all day long.
· Beginner's luck
· Step on a crack, break your mother’s back.
· Garlic protects you from vampires.
· At the end of the rainbow is a pot of gold.
· A cat has nine lives.
· Refusing a kiss under mistletoe will bring you bad luck.
· A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown.
· A drowned woman floats face up, a drowned man floats face down.
· If you shiver, someone walked over your grave.
There are many superstitions! Do research to find one that intrigues you.
Here are 7 things you need to consider while planning your story:
1. Decide whether your main character is a believer or a skeptic.
2. How does the superstition come into the story? (Does your character want to test their theory that superstitions aren’t real and purposefully breaks a mirror? Does your detective protagonist go to a string of drowning crime scenes? Are they cursed by a witch?)
3. Think outside the box!
4. How does the superstition impact your main character? (Do they notice their wish is coming true after they break a wishbone?)
5. What kind of events unfold to make the superstition real? (Have two people died? Is your character waiting to find out who the third death will be?)
6. Can you use horror or suspense in your story? A lot of superstitions can use both!
7. How does it end? (Does the superstition prove to be real or fake? If it’s real (and unlucky) how does it end? Does it get passed onto someone else?)
When I was writing my short story “Greeting Evil”, which is about three best friends who play with a Ouija board, I combined my own experience as a (dumb) teen and the belief that evil spirits are attached to Ouija boards. And I had a lot of fun writing it. But I want to add that I do NOT have that Ouija board anymore. Nor will I touch one ever again!
Check out my story here. I’m sorry that the background picture and font makes it difficult to read. :(
Finally, here's a song to inspire you. I love Alezx Johnson!
QUESTIONS: Do you think superstitions are bogus? Or do you believe in certain ones?
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