[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] It’s perfectly okay to write garbage–as long as you edit brilliantly. -C.J. Cherryh. [/perfectpullquote]
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The narrative question, that key longing or conflict that forms the overarching driver of your story, shouldn’t be answered all at once, or too early. Writing that engenders reader questions creates suspense.
At the time that I launched myself toward the half-insane goal of earning a living by writing novels, I happened to be interested in how the element of suspense operated in fiction, so I sent myself on a mission to learn how to write a thriller.
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For the audience, it’s terribly frustrating. If a serious problem arises, we want to see it cause lasting trouble. And we want it to have serious, unpredictable consequences. We don’t want it to be solved, and for everything to continue as before.
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Here’s the big problem—for everyone, not just writers: All video starts off wanting to be crap, even more so than a NaNoWriMo first draft. It’s no small thing to shoot, edit, and produce video that people want to watch, even if it’s just a minute’s worth.
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