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Step one: Never ignore your instincts.

Was that movement at the corner of your eye? Maybe you heard something out your window? Someone behind you sounds like they're walking a little too quickly for your comfort...

When something inside you is telling you something is wrong, chances are, something is. Lets call this our survival instinct. Animals have them, and they don't ignore them. They act. The difference with us humans is that we doubt ourselves. We tell ourselves we're being paranoid, that it was nothing. “It was just the wind”, “It was probably an animal”, or, everyone's favorite: “It was just my imagination.”

Eventually, it comes to a point you're in denial. You think that if you ignore it and pretend it's not there, then it'll go away. You've given your enemy the upper hand.


Step two: Don't give in to paranoia.

With step one in mind, it's important not to become constantly afraid. That fear and paranoia only feeds what it is you're afraid of. You start to see things that aren't really there, your fear growing and growing until you're nearly mad with it. Your enemy feeds off from that fear, and does whatever they, or it, can to increase it.


Step three: Don't let fear consume you.

Even though fear can sometimes save us, it can also betray us. When you give in to fear, you're driven senseless. You don't think clearly, you do whatever it is your instinct tells you. Usually, one of three things can happen: you thrash around madly, hitting anything within reach. You run away as fast as you can in any direction, just as long as it's far away from where you were. Or, you freeze, standing perfectly still, literally frozen in terror.

When you're afraid, you need to keep yourself calm enough to stay in control. To plan an escape route, a way to stall your enemy, then run when you have the chance. When you do get that chance, obviously running deep into the woods is a huge no-no. Your best chance is running toward civilization, to groups of people. Whatever is chasing you will likely be discouraged and give up. But sometimes, running may not even be an option. In fact, sometimes it's the worst idea. You're probably one of those people sitting through the movie thinking: why doesn't that girl just turn around and kick the guy in the nuts?! That's what I'd do!

This would be one of those times to test that theory. When you're running, and it doesn't look like you'll make it, your best chance of survival may be to stop and turn around. Face your enemy. Who knows, this might throw them off guard. They could be all bark and no bite. Then throw yourself at them with everything you've got; blind them, break their leg, anything to give yourself an advantage and make it out alive. In the wild, wolves don't go after prey that fight back, or the strongest of the herd. Again, this could discourage whatever it is that's after you, and make them go away. Or, at the very least, the nightmare will be short, and ended quickly.


Now, the purpose of this writing is to, say, “prepare you”. We're afraid of something out there, aren't we? Whether it's the dark of the unknown, or a real, living person who wishes to harm you, there are a number of mistakes made that are common in these scary movies and stories you watch or listen to, some of which are true. These steps were made in hopes of fixing them, and keep you from repeating them.

There's just one last step to go over. Don't worry, it's an easy one.


Step four: Look behind you.
This is my very first time writing in a horror-theme. I've spent several nights in a row, a night or two break, and then started up again listening to nothing but creepypastas. Thus my inspiration was born!

So sit back, turn off all the lights, and enjoy!




Critiques Welcomed!
Like I mentioned, this is the first time I've written in the horror-theme. I might like to do some more, though tips and advice is greatly appreciated, along with opinions on how I may be able to improve!


Writing :iconkatsanovari:
I GREATLY encourage everyone to share this, just as long as you're not claiming it as your own and give proper credit! If you do I'd love to see the links of where you've posted it at, and witness firsthand if this story is sending chills down your spines :)





Edited: I've entered this into the contest hosted by :iconstoriesandpoemsclub: !
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Ask-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
When i read the last line i started turn around but i stopped and said 'oh wait i can't turn around i'm laying on a bed' and i facepalmed
°w°
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015   Writer
XD
Then it worked, muahahahaha! You're welcome >83
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Ask-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wwell gold star for you, you 4CU4LLY SC4R3D M3 i'm not scared easily so you did a purrfet job (sorry for all the homestuck references but i couldn't help myself) >: ] well nighty night don't let the killers bite °w°
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015   Writer
(Homestuck FTW! XD) Thank you, thank you, I try my best, hehe. 
Ditto lol
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Ghostwolf517 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
mind if i narrate this its really funny?
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner May 5, 2014   Writer
Oh yikes, this is really late D:

I'm not sure if you're still waiting on me or not, but either way you go right ahead! I'd love to hear it being narrated! ^.^ If you've already done so or are going to, mind if you post the link? I'd love to listen to it when I can!
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Ghostwolf517 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
havn't done it yet but getting to it soon
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NatalyaBass Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

LOL, step 4 is funny... :XD: Welp, guess I'm not sleeping for a few days!

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yupjustkeepmovin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ASDFGHJKL!!!!!!!!! right when i read step four, i turned around and my mom freaking appeared. i screamed like a kid and fell out of my chair. no lie~ if there ever was worse timing lmao
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Mortimart Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Oh my, reverse psychology at it's finest x3
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LightstaronToontown Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The last step really did make me look back, even around because I was freaked out. Now I'm kinda paranoid (even more). Mission accomplished. xD :thumbsup: 
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Writer
xD Happy to know you enjoyed it! Even if it made you more paranoid >83
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LightstaronToontown Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Lol, true true. 
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aquagirl28 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this seriously creeped me out! Great job! :D
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013   Writer
Thank you very much! 8D
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aquagirl28 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ur welcome, are you planning to put this on creepypasta.wiki by the way?
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013   Writer
No I'm afraid, I don't have an account there or how the site actually works. If I do write more, I may consider it haha. If you know how it works and explain it to me, I may consider it :)
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ANGELWOLFCHILD Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Ok, this was seriously clever. I love how it started out as one of those typical 'how to survive' lists that people write for a laugh. Yeah it was more serious than most but it was still enjoyable to read and very well written. All of the points made were logical and sensible, exactly how you should act in situations like this. 

 

Then I read step four.

 

I still haven't looked behind me.

 

So that was a fantastic twist, extremely subtle and well done. I'm not very easily scared so the fact that I am point-blank refusing to turn around tells me that this was a freaking great piece of writing. Utterly amazing, and incredible work for a first time horror. Keep it up mate, for scaring the hell out of me you've got a new watcher :D

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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013   Writer
Wow, I never expected a comment like that! The fact that this is successfully frightening people alone is surprising. Thank you so much for the compliment, I wish I could say I regret terrifying you, but that would be a lie *insert evil smirk here*.

What you said was exactly the effect I was going for, and so far it appears I've been successful in throwing people off guard. I'm very happy to hear you've enjoyed the read and think so highly of it, and honored of the watch. For that, I thank you! 8D

I definitely want to try writing future creepypastas, but the progress will be slow I'm afraid and I think I'll only be able to do it when I've had a struck of inspiration like I wrote this one haha. After all, I want to prevent writing the same stories that are already out there, and there are a lot. Nonetheless, I'll be doing by best and try to improve my writing by writing in different genres!
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ANGELWOLFCHILD Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

If you did regret terrifying me then you wouldn't be writing horror now would you :P

 

You're entirely welcome, this was an utterly fantastic piece. I'm attempting to write my own creepypasta at the moment so it's always fantastic to see new ones pop up, especially when they are so unique like this one. It always helps spark inspiration for me (and tells me to get off my backside and actually do something).

 

Don't worry about it being slow, the best stuff always comes with time (hence my need to still actually attempt one). And if you can keep creating really original stuff like this then that would be absolutely epic :D 

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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013   Writer
Indeed =D

Oh really? If you eventually do finish it, please feel free to message me so I can give it a read! Creepypastas are always thrilling to read heh heh. I get what you mean, though, after I wrote this I've been pretty lazy and haven't written much when I should XD I hope this really sparked your inspiration, though!

So very true, though I gotta admit I'm a little envious of writers who are able to do it within a week at most haha. Stories like this at any rate. Thank you again, and good luck on your own stories friend!
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Draconus297 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Feel safe and brave?
Feel all cuddly at home?

PUNCH OF NOPE!
Your Sanity takes massive damage! 
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Kutanra Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty good, reminds me a little of the Don't Blink monologue =)
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013   Writer
Hey, long time no see!

That's from Doctor Who, yes? o3o
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Kutanra Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aye aye, it's the one on the laptop to Sally
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013   Writer
*Tilts head* I'm afraid I don't understand, I don't watch Doctor Who (though I have caught glimpses of some shows), I only recognize a few popular references and that's mainly because of being online ^.^' Like the "Don't blink" or the time machine (at least I think that's what it is) whose name I can't really spell but starts with a "T". I have no idea who Sally is or how a laptop is involved~

I'm glad you like the story, though! And I do find the comparison like a compliment, due to hearing that particular phrase and anything involving it is frightening to Doctor Who fans xD 
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Kutanra Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh it's a pre-recorded message from The Doctor on a laptop to some lass who only appears in this one episode.

Well I would show you the episode but it has traumatized me and many of my friends. The premise was there are these stone "statues" in the form of an angel crying into her hands, hence why they were called Weeping Angels, but they aren't crying, they're shielding their eyes so they don't see each other. It's their defense mechanism; when they're looked at they turn into statues (you can't harm stone)

As soon as you turn around, as soon as you blink they start to move, and boy can they move, they can move across a room in...well...the blink of an eye.

Also his time machine is the TARDIS, it stands for Time and Relative Dimensions In Space, meaning it can go to any time zone of anywhere.
(Interestingly enough it also contains a dimension within it, the outside isn't much bigger than a porta-loo but the inside is infinite, the common phrase people say when they enter it is "It's bigger on the inside?!.....")

If you DO wish to see it, Here's the Don't Blink Speech (don't watch it at night or on your own)

and here is Amy in the Tardis (the latest version of it)
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013   Writer
Nevermind, I should of heeded your warning, I don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight ._.
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Kutanra Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I told you so, I didn't sleep well for weeks, and my sister sleeps with her bf as much as possible to feel safe lol
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013   Writer
I'll never feel safe around a statue ever again XD
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013   Writer
I'm definitely familiar with the Weeping Angels, it's nearly impossible not to be xD If one hears about the "don't blink" reference, they have to have heard of them, too, at least lol I also have a friend who's a HUGE Doctor Who fan who's told me a lot about them along with some other very scary monsters in the series (if I didn't know better, I'd have though it was a horror genre), but that's all I'm familiar with.

Now that I didn't know, though, about the Tardis being bigger on the inside 0.o
I know what it looks like, so I can definitely understand how people would react that way when first stepping into it, it probably would've been mine too XD

*Is tempted to do so* Depending on how long it is I might, my laptop can't load lengthy videos very well. Also, it's night and I'm on my own, and though I usually think I can handle scary stuff and most of the time can, from what I've seen from pictures/gifs all over the internet, let's play videos, and the few glimpses I've caught in Doctor Who episodes when flipping through channels, the Weeping Angels truly look frightening >3>
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Kutanra Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aye the TARDIS is awesome, and whilst it's always been more than just a machine, in the last couple of series they REALLY gave her some personality
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BornWithTheSun Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I really enjoyed this... and I'm sitting here, telling myself that I'm too brave to look behind me. I'm too brave... but the window is directly behind me... but I'm too brave... 
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013   Writer
Oh my XD Glad you've enjoyed the read!

Best close that window, there's no knowing what could be peering in...

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skitskitpotter Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Writer
Whoa, that was an awesome twist ending! I didn't see that coming at all. I thought it was just some kind of advice journal or something... that was really good.

Good luck in the contest!
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013   Writer
:iconmischievousplz: It did, did it? Yet another tactic I was going for!
Thanks so much, very happy to hear you enjoyed it! 
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Thank you again!
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Sakioka Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
But I can't look behind me. I'm on a pillow against the headboard.

Other than that, great job, excellent grammar and vocabulary. I love this!
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Draconus297 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Hehehe.
Oh, really? You can't have something come up from behind you while you're against a wall? 

In the dark
THEY COME
In the light
THEY COME
Down the halls
THEY COME
From the walls
THEY COME
Hello there, 
THEY CAME

Really old one, I wrote it in elementary school, and now it gets tagged on school walls. 
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Sakioka Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
xD Excellent.
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Draconus297 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Short, sweet and to the point. 
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Sakioka Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Right? I love it!
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Draconus297 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
I had forgotten about this conversation! 
How has it been going for the past four months?
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Sakioka Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
I'm sorry for not being active!! It's been going pretty good, although I've been really busy. How have you been?
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Draconus297 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
I've been as I always have. 
I am, however, getting back into the swing of my writing. 
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   Writer
Thank you for commenting! Indeed, you do have a point there. Can't look behind you when there's a wall or some other force there already XD
Thanks again, happy to hear you enjoyed it! 8D
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Sakioka Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
No problem!
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Valkyrie01325 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know I clicked on this because there is a few creepypastas that scare the living daylights outta me- Jeff the Killer being the main one, literally all it takes is someone saying his name and I can't sleep for days on end ^^; - and this had me going. I was like "yeah...yeah I can take these evil creatures on! I'm a big brave lion! Yeah!" Then I got to step four....:iconpokerfaceguyplz: And I was like "NOPENOPENOPENOPENOPE" But besides that, this really built me up, making me feel brave and courageous like a lion and then made me feel helpless and terrified like a tiny mouse. It doesn't help that I'm sitting in a pitch black room either!! Great little tale you have here! I love it and you can bet I'll be making all my friends read it! :heart: :heart:
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KatsaNovari Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   Writer
8D

You have no idea how much I appreciate your comment! That was exactly the effect I tried building, now I'm really happy to know that I've been on the right track! Thank you so much for your words and sharing your thoughts on this, I'm very happy you enjoyed it! It was about as much fun to write, too lol 
Share it as much as you like, I'd love to see how far this story spreads if possible!
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Valkyrie01325 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehehe~ You're very welcome! :aww: I'm very happy to hear that I've made you happy! :dummy: I can't wait to see what else you have in store in the future!
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