Suspense is in itself, now a genre, but suspense techniques can be used in whatever genre you write in. Suspense helps to create page turners, and as an author, that’s the goal.
There’s a lot to creating suspense, and we’ve just scratched the surface here, but hopefully you have enough techniques to help you write and revise your manuscript to include these different types of suspense. Remember that a mystery is a whodunit, suspense is “What will happen next?” Using that as your guide, you can write amazingly taut scenes, moving the story along, and create an outstanding book that people will want to read.
Tension, when drawn out, delays the payoff and creates the kind of pressure that will keep your reader turning pages. Click to Tweet #amwriting #creatingsuspense
When creating suspense, you want to draw it out. Milk every part of it. We’re going to be looking at how to draw out that tension in the next two weeks. Every scene should be chock full of some sort of tension that drives the story along. Click to Tweet #amwriting #creatingsuspense
Cliffhangers became popular in the silent film era and remain popular today. Literary serials of the 1800s were probably the genesis of cliffhangers. Writers like Charles Dickens had to keep readers wanting more so they’d buy the next issue of the magazine or newspaper the story was published in. Cliffhangers keep readers and moviegoers in suspense. Click to Tweet #amwriting #creatingsuspense
The clock is ticking. Will the hero save the girl? How will they escape the villain? We’ve looked at the term “cliff-hanger” –– what it means and its modern origins in the silent film era. But even after sound, cliffhangers kept moviegoers in suspense. They’ll keep your readers turning pages. Click to Tweet #amwriting #creatingsuspense
We’re going to take a few weeks here, but the four kinds of cliffhangers. Let’s look at the first one.
Just so you know…I’m locked out of my office and can’t get to my resource on creating suspense. So, just in case I can’t get there later today, here’s a re-blog for you to enjoy. If I can, I will post on Creating Suspense as soon as I can access my office. It’s not a matter of needing a key. The lock is locked from the inside, and it’s an inside door. Get the picture?
The western culture, like the ancient Greeks, worships body and soul. By that I mean that we of the western world, have elevated the sleek, svelte body and the “positive thinking” mindset above all else. There’s nothing inherently wrong with positive thinking, which is basically letting go of negative mindsets, but if you don’t worship the Creator, who gave you your mind and your spirit, you’re setting up something else to worship. Click to Tweet #encourageyourself #worshipGod
Damsels in distress, the clock is ticking, someone’s about to go over the edge. The Perils of Pauline, where she would be put in a dangerous situation, especially hanging off a cliff to keep from falling many feet below to her death. Would she escape? The term “cliff-hanger” comes from the silent film era. Click to Tweet #amwriting #creatingsuspense
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:7. let your light shine through your cracked pot.