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    The books section of the store

    I was a little kid who loved toys. My family tried to please me with everything I wanted. However, we were not a rich family, so when I was young I had a lot of knock off toys. When I was 9 me and my mom found a store called knock the offs. The store was not far away from my house, but somehow we had not seen it before. We went in and saw shelves lined with knock offs of LEGOs and off brand video games.



    We first walked around the store looking for a toy for my brother’s birthday, we then found the perfect toy a knock off of a sonic plush which was his favorite. Then we got wrapping paper at a my local store. When we got back home we wrapped the sonic toy. I waited for my brother to get home from school while we waited I watched my favorite show while my mom was baking the cake.



    When he got home we surprised him with the present and the cake. He was surprised and happy. He loved the gift and thanked me and my mom. Then we went to sleep.Then my brother put the toy on his shelf.



    When he went to sleep a strange thing happened. The toy started making strange and scary noises that sounded like screaming. We were so scared. We ran out of bed looking for where the noise was coming from. Then we noticed the toy making the noise. Me and my mom tried to turn off the toy but it would not stop. My brother threw the toy out the window and the noise stoped. Then the toy was back on the shelf and nobody knew how it got there.



    We decided to go back to the store to return the toy, to our surprise, the store was not there!

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    • Hi Creepyfranky, congratulations on writing your first story. It's a big achievement for anyone. Unfortunately, it's common for early attempts at writing to have the same few common mistakes. You have a lot of these mistakes here and that means your story isn't a good fit for this site, and that you have a fair amount of progress to make before you'll be able to write stories that meet our Quality Standards. 

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      Second, you're going to need to practice descriptive writing. Before you worry about plot or anything else, you need to be able to use words to make your reader feel what you'd like them to feel. That's how you give a story atmosphere, and it's how you make it scary. 

      Descriptive words and passages will often focus on how characters feel, as well as what they see, hear, touch, smell, and can taste. For example, instead of saying: 

      The toy started making strange and scary noises that sounded like screaming.

      You can let us know about how that screaming made people feel in specific ways. Did it make them feel ill? Nauseous? Dizzy? Disgusted? Terrified? Try to be more specific than "It was scary". There are lots of different ways to be scary. Seeing a spider crawl up your arm will feel quite differently to being told your mother has cancer, or seeing a truck driving towards you on the wrong side of the road. 

      Another way to be descriptive is to tell us how the scream sounds. Does it sound like something we know? Like an animal? A cat or fox perhaps? Or is it something else entirely, like the sound of a loud industrial drill, or the noise nails on a chalkboard make? Is it deep like a gunshot's echo? Like high pitched like a pig's a squeal? Or is it loud like a person shouting? Or is it quiet like a scratchy whisper? 

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