Raise Reader Tension: The Unknown

Introduce the Unknown and you will have the reader on edge — an immediate increase in reader tension. You can do this at any point. I think Middles are particularly well-suited for doing this since Beginings are for set-up, Endings are for wrap-ups, but Middles are for complications. And what is more intriguing and unsettlingĀ  […]

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Raise Reader Tension: Main Characters

How can you increase reader tension? I mentioned that it isn’t the character that has to feel the tension but the reader. One way to achieve this is through tweaks to your main characters. Remember that surprise is key to reader tension. One reason readers become complacent is that over time, they learn to predict […]

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Raise Reader Tension: Surprise

Does your story drag when you reread it, despite a well-conceived plot? You may be having trouble with dramatic tension. A feeling of tension in the reader is vital to building suspense because it keeps the reader from feeling complacent. Reader complacency is the enemy to tension. A reader can still feel complacent — and […]

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To: Readers (From: Writers)

A reader of this blog made the comment that just as writing tethers the writer to other people, writing also tethers other people to the author. It works both ways. I’ve been thinking about this and decided to form my thoughts into two blogs: what writers give readers and what readers give writers. Today: what […]

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To: Writers (From: Readers)

A reader of this blog made the comment that just as writing tethers the writer to other people, writing also tethers other people to the author. It works both ways. I’ve been thinking about this and decided to form my thoughts into two blogs: what writers give readers and what readers give writers. Today: what […]

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Reader luncheons

I mentioned in a previous post that I recently went to a reader’s luncheon. What is a reader’s lunch? It is an opportunity for readers to speak with authors on a personal level, get books signed, and eat with those authors. It is an opportunity for companionship, encouragement, learning, and giving back. Like writing, reading […]

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