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Stakes & Suspense: Make Your Story Unputdownable

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Want readers to think your story is unputdownable? Follow these tips to crank up the suspense.

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Stakes & Suspense: Make Your Story Unputdownable

  1. 1. Stakes & Suspense: make your story unputdownable Bruce Hale
  2. 2. What is Suspense?
  3. 3. What is Suspense? Umm... Dad?
  4. 4. What is Suspense?
  5. 5. What is Suspense? The anxiety you get when you expect that... Something will happen
  6. 6. What are Stakes? The feeling that something vital is at risk What your character has to gain/lose
  7. 7. The Bomb Under The Table “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” — Alfred Hitchcock
  8. 8. A giveaway! Your card (or name & email address) Chance to win prizes!
  9. 9. 7 Ways to build Suspense
  10. 10. 1. Start with Character
  11. 11. 1. Start with Character 1. What does she want? 2. What prevents her from getting it? 3. What character traits will trip her up?
  12. 12. 2. Set the Hook
  13. 13. 2. Set the Hook Humor
  14. 14. 2. Set the Hook Humor Surprise
  15. 15. 2. Set the Hook Humor Surprise Plunge
  16. 16. 2. Set the Hook Humor Surprise Plunge Question
  17. 17. 2. Set the Hook Humor Surprise Plunge Question Foreshadowing
  18. 18. 3. Up the Uh-oh Factor (raise the stakes)
  19. 19. Ask: How can I make it WORSE?
  20. 20. 4. Thicken the plot
  21. 21. 4. Thicken the plot
  22. 22. 4. Thicken the plot Use the Ticking Clock
  23. 23. 4. Thicken the plot Use the Ticking Clock Do the Unexpected
  24. 24. 4. Thicken the plot Use the Ticking Clock Do the Unexpected Foreshadow
  25. 25. 4. Thicken the plot Use the Ticking Clock Do the Unexpected Foreshadow Remember Pacing
  26. 26. 5. Merrily Misdirect
  27. 27. 6. Conceal...
  28. 28. 6. Conceal... & Reveal
  29. 29. a giveaway! CDs also available at www.BruceHaleWritingTips.com
  30. 30. 7. Take a tip From Frank
  31. 31. Stakes & Suspense: make your story unputdownable Bruce Hale www.brucehalewritingtips.com

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