Tension, Suspense and Turning Pages

Keeping tension or suspense high is the best was to keep readers turning pages. They just have to know what will happen.

Another way of creating tension is to put a time limit on what needs to be done, a time limit that is difficult to work within successfully. It forces your characters to be inventive and resilient, and the clock counting down keeps readers on the edge of their seats. And it keeps those pages turning.

Write Over the Hump

You are a portrait hanging on a museum wall. You have fallen in love with another piece of artwork. A magician comes in one night and casts a spell that allows you to step down, alive, from the canvas. He tells you that you have 3 hours to find a way to release your love, and to find the key that will allow you both to retain your human forms. If not, you both will return to being merely a piece of art in a museum. What do you do? You have 10 minutes to finish this scene. Start your timer and write.

Was your artwork successful in becoming human and saving his/her love?

About Susan Tuttle

Susan Tuttle is a professional freelance editor, writing instructor and multi-award winning author of 21 books—6 nonfiction on writing (Write It Right), 6 suspense novels and 7 collections of award-winning short stories. She also has stories in both volumes of "Deadlines", the new anthology from the Central Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC), Tales from a Rocky Coast, and the SLO NightWriter anthology. Under the pen name Susan Grace O'Neill, she is the author of the Journey With Jesus series: Lord, Let Me Grow (Parables) vol. 1, and Lord, Let Me Walk (Lent). She is currently working on volume #2 of her Skylark P.I. series (a PI with paranormal abilities), as well as 2 YA fantasy series. And she teaches fiction writing in both the morning and afternoon every Wednesday. Email her if you're interested in joining her class. And follow her on Twitter and FaceBook.