Suspense has always played a major role in dark stories. Thriller, horror and even dark fantasy often make use of suspense to emphasise the feeling of dread. Whether it is a high energy scene such as a chase or a low energy scene such as an investigation in a creepy house, suspense plays a part in telling a thrilling tale.
Here are some of my key rules for writing suspense.
When it comes to action scenes, many end up one of two ways. Either the action scene comes off confusing or it is overly descriptive and lengthy. Both make for rather boring action scenes, hardly building any tension and the reader simply glides through them. For a lot of novels, this isn’t such a big deal, but for action/adventure stories, well, it is a big deal.
Here’s how to write a cool action scene!
Writing a fantasy story has its benefits. With other genres, one must focus on the right emotions, realism and sometimes facts. These can easily bog a writer down, put a damper on their imagination. Yet, with fantasy, your limits are few and you can break boundaries that other genres require.
Here is the best part of writing a fantasy story!
I haven’t written a science-fiction novel. I’ve dabbled with short stories quite a bit, exploring different story ideas, different themes. Some were comedic, some were adventures, some were thrillers. Yet, whenever I find the right amount of inspiration to turn an idea into a novel, I find the experience wonderful, then infuriating, and then I write a short story instead.
For a long time, I have been writing more instructional pieces for my students. I always try to provide helpful information that that steers them towards their goal, be it writing more often, writing better, or publishing their novel. I enjoy making this content and I have an endless supply of questions from my students that I can answer in videos.
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