Mystery Clues: The Ultimate Guide to Clues and Red Herrings
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Mystery Clues: The Ultimate Guide to Clues and Red Herrings

The article Mystery Clues: The Ultimate Guide to Clues and Red Herrings appeared first on The Write Practice. One of the best benefits of reading suspense fiction is that you become an active participant—processing mystery clues, solving puzzles, anticipating outcomes. But as a mystery, suspense, and thriller writer, how can you successfully give this experience to Read more

How to Write Action Scenes That Add Suspense to a Story
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How to Write Action Scenes That Add Suspense to a Story

The article How to Write Action Scenes That Add Suspense to a Story appeared first on The Write Practice. You sit down, ready to write, and you’re excited because this scene is going to be full of terrific action-packed conflict to grab your reader. But then you wonder, “Do you even know how to write Read more

Story Pacing: 4 Techniques That Help Manage Your Plot’s Timeline
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Story Pacing: 4 Techniques That Help Manage Your Plot’s Timeline

The article Story Pacing: 4 Techniques That Help Manage Your Plot’s Timeline appeared first on The Write Practice. As a writer of fiction, you want readers to open your book and become so absorbed they can’t put it down. It helps to be aware that so much of what happens when a reader picks up Read more

Cliffhanger Meaning 101: What They Are and How Writers Use Them
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Cliffhanger Meaning 101: What They Are and How Writers Use Them

The article Cliffhanger Meaning 101: What They Are and How Writers Use Them appeared first on The Write Practice. Do you love a good cliffhanger? Most readers do. Whether they entail a twist that hits us like a tidal wave or employ a more subtle revelation, cliffhangers keep readers eagerly turning the pages—even if we’re Read more

Sequence of Events in a Story: How to Order Scenes That Build Suspense
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Sequence of Events in a Story: How to Order Scenes That Build Suspense

The article Sequence of Events in a Story: How to Order Scenes That Build Suspense appeared first on The Write Practice. Have you ever felt cheated when reading a book? Like the author held back information that would have enhanced your reading experience? Or neglected to include all the relevant details that would have allowed Read more

Raise the Stakes: The Ultimate Guide to Building Suspense in a Plot
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Raise the Stakes: The Ultimate Guide to Building Suspense in a Plot

The article Raise the Stakes: The Ultimate Guide to Building Suspense in a Plot appeared first on The Write Practice. As a writer, you know you know building a foundation for your story, like a hook and sympathetic character, will allow you to grab readers right out of the starting gate. But once you’ve done Read more

Deep POV: 6 Key Details to Use in the Beginning of a Book (and Beyond!)
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Deep POV: 6 Key Details to Use in the Beginning of a Book (and Beyond!)

The article Deep POV: 6 Key Details to Use in the Beginning of a Book (and Beyond!) appeared first on The Write Practice. So, you’ve got an intriguing story idea and you’re picturing some of the scenes in your mind, eager to get them down on paper and begin wowing readers. But unless you ground Read more

Elements of Suspense: How Mystery and Thriller Writers Grip Readers
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Elements of Suspense: How Mystery and Thriller Writers Grip Readers

The article Elements of Suspense: How Mystery and Thriller Writers Grip Readers appeared first on The Write Practice. Do you remember how you felt while reading The Da Vince Code or Gone Girl? The sweaty palms, the pleasant shiver, the jaw-clenching tension? Remember how those well-drawn elements of suspense held you in thrall, feathering along Read more

Elements of Story: How Genre Impacts the Importance of Five Story Elements
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Elements of Story: How Genre Impacts the Importance of Five Story Elements

Have you ever wondered how the elements of story impact your book’s genre? Do some elements of story have greater importance in a book because of the book’s genre? I can think of several times when I’ve gone to a restaurant and took the time to slowly chew my food, so I can experience how each Read more