Every author wants to write a story that grabs a reader from page one, hooks them, and doesn't let them go until it's early in the morning; that quality that best describes this type of craft is tension. Written by a proven instructor of the craft, How to Write a Page-Turner is the only craft book to that cover just tension and suspense-from every conceivable angle.
Infuse Your Fiction with the Powerful Tug of Tension!
Tension is the heart of conflict, the backbone of uncertainty, the hallmark of danger. It keeps readers guessing and characters on their toes. When you've got tension in place, stories leave readers breathless and wanting more. When it's missing, scenes feel inconsequential, plots drag, and characters meander.
Learning the craft of writing can sometimes feel like a paint by numbers approach--connect compelling character A to plot event B. To avoid writing that's formulaic, predictable, and slow, How to Write a Page Turner will help you sew the threads of tension tight for an unforgettable story. You'll learn how to:
Recognize the essential tension elements of danger, conflict, uncertainty, and withholding, and add them to your fiction
Create levels of tension in your characters through flaws, dialogue, power struggles, and more
Build tension at energetic markers throughout the plot
Use intimate imagery, strong sentences, and well-chosen words to build tension in exposition
While this book walks you through the key areas that need tension building, from character to plot, it also delves deeper, analyzing exceptional examples from contemporary fiction's most gripping page-turners. So as you dive into the inner conflicts of a character's deepest psyche, to the mechanics of how you reveal information to the reader, you'll also discover how to craft a story your readers can't put down!