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    Suspense Tips

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by MoonWriter67, Aug 15, 2011.

    Hey guys,

    Any tips on building and maintaining suspense in your horror stories?
     
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    Suspense is a difficult thing to do right. It's not like a movie where you have the luxury of music that can be used to influence a viewers emotional response.
    I would say that it is something that has to be carefully crafted and slowly built up over a number of pages at least. A good device I find that some authors use is to shroud the menace/evil so that the protagonist spends a good period of time unsure about what it is that is chasing them or even completely unaware of the danger.
     
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    If you do one thing, and one thing only, then it really has to be
     
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    ...the suspense is killing me!!
     
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    Suspense is relieved by revelation. Therefore, delay revelation as long as possible, and only reveal the minimum necessary for the story.
     

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