on Writers Helping Writers:
Have you wondered what makes a book unputdownable? What techniques or tricks an author employs to make sure you read that next word, sentence, paragraph, page?
One of the most effective ways to do this is by building suspense. All genres have suspense…or at least should.
Suspense is reader glue. Conflict, questions, secrets, surprises, and action are the lifeblood of suspense. Suspense happens when dramatic questions or secrets trap the reader’s attention and makes them want to know what happens next.
Our job is to sprinkle secrets out like wayfinding points to get readers to ask questions…without them realizing we are doing it.
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