Do You Open the Door
We’ve all seen it before. A guy/girl running for their lives barricades themselves in a room. Then comes the dreaded silence or pounding. Sometimes they back away from the door and look for another way out. Other times they open it which usually means coming face-to-face with the bad guy. Horror writers are often faced with this dilemma. Do we open the door or leave it closed?
Each choice has their perks and downfalls. By opening the door, the character and the reader are forced to take the evil head on. The problem is making the big reveal at the perfect time. Do you wait and build the suspense first or go through its cycle of madness?
Keeping the door closed keeps the suspense alive. Allows the reader to determine what the true evil is. However, if you don’t provide a good balance of suspense with a plot, you may leave your reader frustrated or confused.
In any case, it depends on the story you write in which method you choose. I prefer the closed door policy but can’t resist opening the door once in a while. Would you open the door?