Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats (Book Notes)
Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats by Jane K. Cleland is a guidebook for writers. The book covers the basics of plot structure and character development, and provides tips on how to build tension and suspense throughout the story.
The author emphasizes the importance of understanding the different types of suspense, including dramatic, emotional, and intellectual suspense. She provides examples of each type and explains how to use them effectively in a story. Cleland also delves into the mechanics of plot, including creating a hook, developing a crisis, and resolving conflicts.
One of the strengths of the book is the numerous examples Cleland provides, drawn from both classic and contemporary literature. She analyzes these examples to show how they use different techniques to create suspense and keep readers engaged.
In addition to discussing plot and suspense, Cleland covers topics such as dialogue, setting, and pacing. She also provides practical advice on how to revise and edit a manuscript to improve its pacing, suspense, and overall effectiveness.
SUMMARY: Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot is a valuable resource for writers of all levels.
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