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Write to Fright

May 06, 2013

Gitty Daneshvari's content landing page on The StudioGitty Daneshvari began writing humor-filled spooky books to help face her childhood fears.

As a young girl, Gitty says she worried about everything from aliens invading to getting stuck in an elevator. “My diverse range of phobias was a most burdensome flaw,” she says. So she turned to reading imaginative books by authors like Roald Dahl. As she got older, Gitty realized that her fears served as the perfect inspiration for her books.

In Gitty’s Monster High: Ghoulfriends Forever, three monster girls form a friendship to help navigate the bewildering world of high school cliques and monster subjects like Ghoulish Literature and Dragon Whispering. In Gitty’s books, Mr. Mummy teaches a catacombing class, monster students perform in a Hex Factor Talent Show, the class eats at the creepateria, and the popular girls are named Frankie Stein and Cleo de Nile.

“I realized that in committing words to paper I had the ability to hone an idea until it was just as I wanted it to be,” explains Gitty about her fanciful and funny stories. “For me, this is magic. I tell stories because they bring magic to my life!”

Gitty shares this magic by giving girls an exercise to find their inner monster. They can “monsterfy” their name, come up with a “scaritage” (heritage), and draw a picture of their “monsterfied” selves. For Juniors earning their Scribe badge, this is a fun way to get girls thinking creatively about character and story development. “I also encourage all young writers to keep a notebook where they can jot down nascent ideas, dialogue, or even just tidbits about interesting people they see on the street,” Gitty says. See the exercise and more writing advice from Gitty on The Studio.