Posted by: nancycurteman | May 3, 2014

Suspense Equals Reader Worry and Curiosity

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th-3Suspense equals reader worry and curiosity. It is the vehicle authors use to produce these two anxiety-ridden emotions in readers. Suspense occurs when readers
• ask these questions: Who did it? Why? Is this a clue? How will the culprit be stopped?
• experience apprehension, tension, and anxiety generated from an unpredictable plot.
• hope the hero will succeed but worry he will fail.
• experience a feeling of impending danger, but don’t have a clear idea of its source.
• get inside the head of a character and learn his conflicting feelings and emotions and worry about their impact on his actions.are constantly guessing and wondering what’s going to happen next.
• worry about characters and dread that they’ll fail to achieve their goals.
• uncertainties are heightened through unexpected twists.
• know something vital that the characters aren’t aware of.
• are party to difficult choices characters must make.
In short, suspense is that feeling that keeps a reader reading. As authors we need heighten suspense by engendering worry and curiosity in our readers

More Tips: How to Create Tension in Writing:
How to Increase Tension Through Character Inner Conflict

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