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Digging into the research

Let’s say there’s an aspect of your story that hinges upon some technicality that is beyond your knowledge. It could be a scene that moves the plot forward, or some backstory that is vital to character development. Whatever that is,

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Posted in Characters in 3-D, Plot, Set the scene

Hooked

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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Posted in Getting started, Page turner!, Process

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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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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Trivia and substance

Details work with you, or not — Setting the scene is a joyful responsibility. We fiction writers provide the reader with an imaginary world in which to dwell for a time, to escape from the cares of her/his day. We

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Develop some character

Character under pressure — What will your character do when things go wrong? Let’s say you already made us care about this character by showing us the person doing something he/she is good at, or giving generously from the heart,

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