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A Simple Way to Create Suspense

How do you create suspense? I’m asked that question often, and it seems that every writers’ symposium has a class with that title. It’s an important technical issue, and not just for so-called suspense novels. Every novel needs a narrative engine, a reason for people to keep reading to the end, whatever the subject, style, genre or approach.

 

But it’s a bad question. Its very form misleads writers and pushes them onto an unhelpful and overcomplicated track.

 

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How to Create Suspense

How to Create Suspense | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

This is how you create suspense:

 

Don’t withhold sensitive information that could put your characters in danger. Instead, broadcast that sensitive information to your reader as soon as possible. That way, your reader has no choice but to walk on eggshells for the rest of your story, keeping them engaged and glued to the page until the very end.

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Making Tension Tense

Making Tension Tense | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

What really makes tension tense?

 

The modern reader’s expectation of tension—a story that stands above the crowd—can seem to the aspiring writer sometimes unbearably high. And yet it’s always been true that storytelling is about tension. The reader has always longed to be transported physically to another dimension through sheer adrenaline.

So let’s talk about what makes tension tense.

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