Discussion in 'General Writing' started by MoonWriter67, Aug 15, 2011.
Any tips on building and maintaining suspense in your horror stories?
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.
If you do one thing, and one thing only, then it really has to be
...the suspense is killing me!!
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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