Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tips for Writing Suspenseful Stories

Greetings, Class Community.

Over the past several weeks we have discussed a number of creative writing strategies and techniques for you to consider as you revise the stories you submitted for workshop.

In addition to improving a specific writing technique, I would like to consider how theories associated with 'remix' impact your work. For example, Assignment 3 asks you to use social media as an influence or as inspiration for your story.  Many of you created very interesting stories.

Consider the how would you like them to be displayed in their final form. In addition to the changes you will make to your story in order to revise it, consider what are the remix aspects of the assignment. Think in terms of digital tools, new literacies, and what makes what you are writing specific to contemporary intersections of history and technology.

I am going to list a few links that you may find helpful in your revision/remix re-writes ;)

Please feel free to add to the list by including additional links you may find helpful in the comments box.

This link is from Writer's Digest, "9 Tricks to Writing Suspense Fiction".

"While some might think suspense writing is tough to pull off, it’s worth noting that the genre allows the writer a number of freedoms not afforded to the mystery writer. Suspense writers can employ multiple point-of-view characters. They can present the bad guy and his motivations to give the reader insight into his character. This allows the writer to perfectly pit his antagonist and protagonist against each other. Mystery writers can’t do this. .."

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