Story Development and Execution Part 8: Writing Suspense

Ciao, SEers. If you’re in the US, I hope you had a safe and wonderful Independence Day. Today is part eight of the series: writing suspense. While this is important for the suspense genre, I maintain all fiction needs an element of suspense. Craig has written a great post introducing the concept, and he gives … Continue reading Story Development and Execution Part 8: Writing Suspense

Story Development and Execution Part 7: Pacing, Tension, and Suspense

Ciao, SEers. Today is part seven: pacing, tension, and suspense. Craig has written a couple of great posts on tension (one and two), and I have a post on structure that flirts with the concept of pacing. This post will deal with how to use these elements to advance the story. One technique that gets … Continue reading Story Development and Execution Part 7: Pacing, Tension, and Suspense

Story Development and Execution Part 5: Plot Development

Ciao, SEers. Today is part five: plot development. Here at Story Empire, we’ve covered different ways to plot a story (I covered Vonnegut, Booker, and Nutshell, and Craig has discussed three-act structure), so I’m not going to teach “plotting” today. Rather, I want to discuss how to develop a plot. Last time, we discussed dialogue … Continue reading Story Development and Execution Part 5: Plot Development