Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sustaining Suspense

Whether you’re creating the gentle suspense of ‘will this romance succeed’ or a more thrilling suspense of ‘will this character survive’, you go about it in the same way. Suspense powers your plot and keeps your readers reading. What will happen next? Will they find out in time? Will she get out the graveyard alive?” – Mary Rosenblum in Look Behind You!: Creating Suspense.
In writing short, short stories, I tend to forget this. The story becomes flat because the character’s dilemma is solved too quickly. Sometimes I need to make it more difficult for the MC to solve the problem, either by making it harder to overcome an obstacle, or by adding additional obstacles. Hmm, I may have solved the problem I'm having with one of my current stories.

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