Over at Jungle Red Writers, I’ve written an article about how not to create suspense.
Suspense is vital to storytelling. It keeps readers turning pages, desperate to learn what happens next. As a building block of drama, it’s as old as literature itself—Aristotle said suspense consists of having some real danger looming and a ray of hope.
The word comes from the Latin suspendere—to hang up—and writers are the hangmen. We keep readers dangling. But if we do it wrong, we kill the story.
Here are five surefire ways to do that.
1. Sacrifice tension for surprise.
For the rest of the scoop, head on over to read the whole thing: Five Ways to Kill Suspense.
Bonus #1: Find out how Hank Philippi Ryan and I met.
Bonus #3: Stick around over there and join the conversation about your favorite moments of suspense in books and movies.
What are you waiting for?