By: Elizabeth Sims
When I ask what you need to write a story of suspense, inevitably one kid yells, “Put in a bad guy!”
Good advice, if obvious. The fact is, stories in all genres need suspense: Readers must stick with you to the end, and suspense is the foremost element that keeps them turning pages. Likewise, when you’re trying to write your way through to that teetering stack of a finished draft, a quick injection of suspense is a great way to keep your story’s engine
fueled. Suddenly, you’ll very much want
to write on to find the answer.
are a bouquet of ways to do just that, beyond the excellent suggestion of
putting in a bad guy.
1. Point a finger.
Mary Renault’s historical novel The Persian Boy starts with a cataclysm: The death and destruction of the protagonist’s family and home. Before dying, his father screams the name of his betrayer. Well, guess who the Persian boy will meet up with later
… much later?
This powerful scenario can work to create and maintain suspense in any genre. Any kind of betrayal will do: financial ruin, a broken heart, a lost opportunity.
2. Pull a false alarm.
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