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When the characters take over

I’m writing for myself in a who-cares mode, and this is what I wait for: The characters in my story are so deeply involving that I don’t know what they’ll do next, I just type along on the laptop as

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If the reader does not turn the page, then ALL IS LOST. The book didn’t work for that reader, didn’t hook her/him. That’s a tragedy for the writer, and maybe even for the reader because it is an opportunity missed.

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Setting up for reader satisfaction

What could be better than to deeply satisfy the reader of your story? Here are some ideas for how to achieve that. PICK OUT A FEW GREAT MODELS — you probably know books that you found to be particularly enjoyable

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What to NOT do

Let’s say you are well along in getting your suspense story written. You’ve got the bedrock in place! It’s time to check back and get serious about rewrites. Here are some reminders about aspects you want to try to avoid:

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In whose head are we?

POINT OF VIEW In any scene, there will be one character through whose eyes we are seeing the action, or experiencing the emotions. That is point of view. Many stories are told in third person past tense. Here’s an example:

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Keep the pages turning

While we may be writing (mostly) for ourselves, suspense fiction is met with expectation on the part of the reader. Most readers are unaware of the underpinnings, but the writer is acutely conscious that the pages MUST turn, or all

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Writing in my head

I’d like to say I write for hours every day. It’s mostly true, but the words might not be going into the Word document, or result in graphite particles on paper. That’s because I am writing, rewriting, and telling stories

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Write for yourself

A good reason to write is just to know what will happen next! Maybe you can’t wait to sit down and start tapping the keys because vivid characters, unexpected events, complicated plots, and powerful emotions are gonna FLOW. The sky

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Beware the cliche

Your writing muscles may be lean and strong, yet there is a need to constantly guard against the cliche. What is a cliche? A phrase or expression heard in everyday speech to summarize a condition — it is popularly understood,

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Can’t not write

An invented world that the writer creates could become available for the reader to dwell within for a short time. The first person to populate that world is no other than the writer her- or himself. It’s a compelling world,

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