One of the secrets to writing a great suspense novel is to never let your reader go. What do I mean by that? Don’t give them an opportunity to put your book down. This takes skill and what I like to call plot sensitivity. When I critique a manuscript, one of the things I look for is filler words. Filler words bore your reader and take them out of the plot. These words may or may not be pivotal to the plot, but the reader is so unengaged that whatever is revealed falls through the cracks. Why? Because there is nothing exciting occurring. I’m not saying that every part of the plot has to be climactic, but your suspenseful plot should keep your readers on the edge of their seats. There are a few ways to do this.
1. End every chapter with a mini cliff hanger
2. Increase your interaction between the protagonist and antagonist
3. Don’t introduce irrelevant characters
4. Foreshadow without letting your readers know that you’re foreshadowing
5. Delay gratitude and success as long as possible
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