Building Suspense in Stories

Writers need to build suspense in their stories. Without it, a story is bland and boring. Today’s link features a series by Cec Murphy on the writing craft. We hope you hop on over there and read the entire series.

 

We need to build suspense. Many writers don’t get this simple principle about building suspense: It means we withhold significant information to build interest. Recently I read a manuscript and the first three paragraphs told me about a waif who was abandoned by her father and emotionally abandoned by her mother.

Paragraph 4 begins, “I was that child.”

My response: Who cares? She told us many facts, but she didn’t involve us emotionally in her story. Had she started with herself, she might have made us care. Click here to read the rest of this informative article.

Nancy and Kelly

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