Monday, December 13, 2010


Always remember this: ... the moment the hero announces what he thinks is going on, the cat's out of the bag. ~~Larry Ferguson
Suspense is not only important in mysteries, thrillers, adventure and suspense novels, it's important in all writing. Don't give away your story in the first line or in the middle. Save it to the end. Create a reason for your audience to turn the pages.

9 comments:

Gail said...

The truth of a good story...keeping them wondering until the very end.

Mariodacat said...

you are so right. Love dat picture. Great hiding place, except I see part of you.

Caren Gittleman said...

love the photo AND the advice!

I think that same theory is true for book reviews as well...

There is nothing I hate more when I am reading a book review than when a reviewer takes you chapter by chapter, event by event through the book and sin of all sins "hints" at what is going to happen!!

Your comment of "create a reason for your audience to turn the pages" is the same theory a reviewer should use...."give your audience a REASON to by the author's book in the first place!"

Jeff King said...

Great advice, let’s hope I put it to use.

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

As always.. wonderful advice!! Ive miss ya Lou... I promise not to be such a stranger from now on!!

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