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Giant monsters appear in your book every now and then, be it dinosaurs or something as big as Godzilla. The problem when it comes to writing them is giving them justice with how much impact they have in your story.
If you have a giant monster in your book, you DEFINITELY don’t want your reader shrugging it off or having it be an after thought. I wrote dozens of giant monsters before, and I broke down the process into three simple steps.
How to effectively describe the visual
Describe how big your monster is by using REFERENCES. Say that it’s as big as a building, or that its foot is as big as a truck, etc.
It’s a lot easier to let your reader know exactly how big something is by giving them visual references rather than just saying that it’s huge.
When it comes to describing the appearance, the thing is, there’s loads of creatures in the real world that you can use to describe something.
If we take a look at a popular creature, Cthulhu, it seems fairly unique at first but describing it is a piece of cake. It has an octopus head with tentacles coming out of its chin, a giant muscular but rubbery fishy body, and random tentacles coming out of various parts of its limbs.
Now when you have your own monster but you can’t think of a reference for its shape, my tip would be to think of which insects might look like it. Spiders, centipedes, butterflies and more. Bugs have much more variety to their appearance.
Make your reader HEAR the monster
It’s very straightforward but very important. Your reader must hear the sounds that the monster produces to make it feel more realistic. Books don’t have what movies do – which is visual effects, audio effects and perfect camera angles. Make sure you spend a good portion of your effort on emphasising what it sounds like.
When we hear sounds, we react to them in certain ways. We cringe, we cover our ears, we get shocked, we feel bass in our chest etc. Utilize the emotions of sounds as well!
Describe what it FEELS to be in the presence of your monster
This one is incredibly important! Your reader is safe on their couch by the fireplace reading your book, they’re not going to feel scared of your monster. You WANT them to feel scared of your monster.
You do that by utlizing your characters! If your characters are TERRIFIED and they’re running away and screaming and crying, your reader (who should already be in love with your characters) will definitely share in their emotions.
That’s all! When you have a giant monster scene, just check if you’ve covered these 3 things.
Did I describe my monster with references? Did I describe the sound it makes? Did I describe how my characters feel when they look at it?
Thank you all for reading!