Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Create Suspense with Things Unseen

No matter what genre you're writing, a little suspense is a great way to engage your reader. Today's writing prompt challenges you to create suspense by creating something unseen. The challenge is to introduce the element without actually seeing it. This can be done by showing evidence of its existence by using senses other than sight.

Create a suspenseful scene using sounds, smells, and feelings. For instance, if the air turns icy cold a character may suddenly see their breath bloom in a frosty balloon, a strong floral scent in a room could mark the presence of an entity, or the hair on the back of the neck prickling can create suspense. Bring the reader to the edge, make them hungry to know what it is they don't see by providing evidence that it is there.

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