Write what scares you

Hey guys!
I'm currently doggy sitting two french bulldogs who are so far nice, but I'm bored so I thought I'd write a post in the meantime.

As you know, I'm very much into writing horror. It's my favorite thing to watch, read, write and listen to, and to get in the mood while before writing I like to listen to creepy pastas and "true scary stories" on youtube. Unfortunately it has become an obsession, but it feels so good to get that little chill down your spine. (No joke guys, in the middle of me writing that sentence, one of the dogs started to bark so I almost pooped myself).
This is usually a saying about writing horror or thriller, but I feel like this is a lesson for justabout any writing. "Write what scares you". We've all heard it. Write what you know, and write what scares you  because by doing that you get a genuine feeling to your book because you know in what way that specific thing is scary. And the reason this works so well with other genres is becausewe all have some kind of fear in different situations.
In a romance novel it can be I'm so scared that he'll break my heart (that's an easy one). Drama; I'm so scared that he'll find out that I cheated on him and then break up when we're all hiding because we're gonna surprise him on his birthday. Family gatherings; I so scared that my relatives are gonna start fighting in front of my fiancé, because they've argued every thanksgiving since 1998, when uncle Stephen borrowed $500 from grandpa to pay aunt Lily because Stephen's kid Johnny crashed Lily's car. To be honest, I'd probably really like that, but I wouldn't wanna introduce a new person that is the of family reunions. And also, if I just described your thanksgiving then please invite me next year.

So I sat down with my pink notebook some night ago and I thought "what scares me?", and I found a really simple answer; everything. I am deeply afraid of dying, and I know how that sounds because everybody is afraid of dying to some extent. Looking at my story so far, I though what based on my fears, can I project in the story? Some writers are very personal and you can see a lot of their personalities and their struggles and fears in their writing, while some try to be as unpersonal as possible. An example when a writer's personality enters their stories is when J.K.Rowling added dementors in Harry Potter, because they stand for, and freaking accurately describes Rowlings depression. Here's the description from harrypotter.wikia

"'Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them... Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself... soulless and evil. You will be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life.'
—Description of Dementors"

They literally suck the life out from you and they leave you with the feeling like you're never gonna be happy ever again. Everything you've done so far is in vain and you'd might as well give up.
My current fear isn't that I'll never get happy again because I know I will. I know that my depression and bipolarity is just an obstacle that is a problem right now, and I know that I have good episodes too. When I feel happiness and I can laugh geniunely. Right now I'm more scared that I'm going crazy, which is affecting me a lot (obviously), but I also see it in my writing. My character is asking herself what's real and what's not. Is that shadow moving, did I just hear someone call my name, was that some kind of movement in the corner of my eye, etc. Will I eventually start "seeing" whole people that aren't there? So to battle my fear of going batshit, I'm letting my character do it. And in return I get a more genuine story, because I know it so well.

Another thing that I can add, that isn't really much work for either of us, is say some words or sentence that can help get your imagination going.
Woods - What if I get lost while visiting a national park? Several thousands people are reported missing each year in the US alone, only from National Parks, and the ones that do turn up either have memory loss, or is several mountains away from where they were last seen, in a place that not even professional hikers or rock climbers can reach, missing shoes and socks, but their feet are in perfect condition.
Ocean - What if I somehow find myself, alone, on a lifeboat or raft in the middle of the atlantic ocean? Do you guys realise how freaking big the ocean is? And how small we are compared to it?!
Space - What if me and a group of other NASA employees goes out to live on a space station for a short period of time to fix something, and the whole crew consisting of 18 people slowly starts to die, and I'm the only one left?
Dentist (because everybody loves the dentist) - What if my dentist finally had enough and snaps because he found out that his wife is having sex with a heart surgeon, while my anesthetics kicks in?

The point that I wanted to get across before I totally spaced out and made a huge post, was that you can, and should, use your feelings, reactions, fears, actions in your writing, because that way it gets way more genuine.
What scares me right now is that it smells like poo around these two dogs so I'm gonna go and take care of that.


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