Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats

Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats

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Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats by Jane K. Cleland

Enthrall Your Readers!

Suspense is one of the most powerful tools a writer has for captivating readers—but it isn't just for thrillers. From mainstream fiction to memoir, suspense creates the emotional tension that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot is your hands-on guide to weaving suspense into your narrative. Award-winning author Jane K. Cleland teaches you how to navigate genre conventions, write for your audience, and build gripping tension to craft an irresistible page-turner.

Inside, Cleland will show you how to:

  • Implement thirteen no-fail techniques to construct an effective plot and structure for your story
  • Use Cleland's Plotting Road Map to add elements of suspense like twists, reversals, and moments of danger
  • Write subplots with purpose
  • Improve your descriptions, character development, sentence structure, and more
Packed with case studies, exercises, and dozens of examples from best-selling authors, Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot is the key to writing suspenseful, engaging stories that leave your readers wanting more.

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"Indispensable! For newbie authors and veterans alike, this terrific how-to is your new go-to. Don't write your book without it—it's a treasure." — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599639673
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 04/28/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 236,486
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Introduction 4

Part 1 Thinking

Chapter 1 Know Your Readers 8

Chapter 2 Structure is King 19

Chapter 3 Jane's Plotting Road Map 35

Chapter 4 Set the Stage 53

Chapter 5 Layer in Two Subplots 70

Chapter 6 Isolate Your Protagonist-and Everyone Else 82

Chapter 7 The Devil Made Me Do It 100

Part 2 Writing

Chapter 8 Add Surprise-Sparingly 114

Chapter 9 Get Into Your Readers' Heads 133

Chapter 10 Whisper, Don't Shout 155

Chapter 11 Illuminate Fear and Dread 172

Chapter 12 Reveal Answers Slowly 186

Chapter 13 Write Sentences That Work 201

Chapter 14 Conclusion 214

Afterword 222

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