So many Creepypastas exist out there, so many are heavily flawed and are terrible. I am going to show you the right way to write a creepypasta.
1. Grammar and spelling:
You might think that this is a no brainer. You would be wrong. Many creepypastas are almost unreadable do to bad spelling and grammar. The authors also forget to break up paragraphs, so the story comes out as a badly written block of text. Don’t forget, no cares about how scary your story might be if they cant read it.
2. Blood and Gore
Blood and gore is a very integral part of creepypastas. From games having in game characters die in bloody ways to people in the real world dying horrible, blood and gore are very integral to most stories. So adding tons of blood and gore make a creepypasta instantly good right? WRONG! Unrealistic amounts of blood and gore do not work. I have read creepypastas with no blood at all that creeped me out ten times more than the most gore saturated ones. I am not saying no gore should be used, but only use it when necessary.
AVOID THE WORD HYPER-REALISTIC. Everyone uses that “The blood looked hyper-realistic, the eyes were Hyper-realistic, his screams were Hyper realistic etc.”. Hyper realistic is the kiss of death for a creepypasta, especially a gaming one. Remember, the gaming ones (Unless based on a made up game) are based on real games. Most games don’t have brutal death scenes like that, even M-rated ones. The fact that for the most part gaming creepypastas are based on games such as Sonic, Mario, and Pokemon makes it even more farfetched. It can be used, but you have to be very good at writing to deploy it without making like thousands of other terrible ones.
4. Strange Events
Strange events are integral to creepypastas. That’s what makes them creepy, strange events. From glitched out Pokemon to distorted game audio and text, these disturbing events are what causes you to wonder if it could happen to you, there what causes you to sleep with the lights on. Here are some common tried-and-true ones.
Character Says something creepy:
Pretty much in every creepypasta. Try not to have them say the words die, or kill or anything like that, something like “No hope left” is good.
Glitched out character sprite:
Another integral one. Have the character look diffrent, from being photo negative to having tons of distortion on them, to just a sinister look, its a good idea, don’t pass it up.
This refers to the game genre. Tons of RPG creepypastas are out there, same with sonic, mario, and Pokemon. I am not saying don’t write those, but try to be orignial with you choices. Try Halo or Call of Duty. Don’t forget the rules above however.
Distorted audio is a creepypasta writers best friend. Here are some basic rules.
A: Make it slowly get louder and more distorted, that makes it way more creepy.
B: Make it sound creepy, the most lighthearted song can be scary if it sounds a certain way.
C: Put lots of static or screaching into it, make it so the screaching is earwrenching.
Make very plausible connections to the real world. Don’t have a character come out of a game and kill someone, that is cliched and unbeleivable. Have something like the person having nightmares, or seeing stuff out of the corners of his eye. This makes it far more scary than the most blood soaked slash fest. Having someone die in the story kinda kills it because it would be on the news. However, incorporating real life serial killers or tragic events make it better.
Acquiring the Game:
NEVER, EVER, IN GODS HOLY NAME USE EBAY AS A SOURCE FOR GAMES. Everyone does that, the mysterious ebay buying from some one who then deletes their account. Flea markets are no better. Ditto for games with crude labels, no one buys a game with a crappy label. Mods for games on the internet are fine, bootleg games or emulators are only good if deployed right.
So, with these tips in hand, you should be able to write a good creepypasta. Note, this only covers videogames. Real life creepypastas such as the Russian Sleeping Experiment and Abandoned by Disney are a whole diffrent animal. Maybe I will write something about that later. Until then, get writing!