- walking home alone
- the creaking closet door when it's a little bit open and it looks like someone is staring at you
- spiders and bugs
It’s interesting how some fears change over time and some don’t. Some things to think about when using fear in writing:
1) The backstory is important. If a character is fearful, then there are memories and experiences related to the fear that can provide more depth for the story. It doesn't have to mentioned in the story, but it gives more insights into the character.
2) Think like the reader. Since I write for children, to really get into my character’s mind, it’s helpful to list some of my own childhood fears (and other emotional experiences) as a reference for the kinds of fears kids might have. My adult fears can be different -- maybe not even something I was aware of or thought much about as a child. It's all about perspective.
Are you still afraid of anything you were afraid of as a child?