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Copy of ELEMENTS OF SUSPENSE IN LITERATURE

What story elements are needed to create a suspenseful piece of literature.
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Lindsey Jameson

on 20 October 2014

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Suspense is the sense of anticipation or worry that the author makes the reader feel.
Plot
Events
Suspense is a crucial plot element.
PLOT
Suspense is the lack of certainty the author creates, leaving the reader to wonder what will happen. It draws the reader into the story and creates a sense of momentum to the plot.
Although the goal is clear, there should be many ways for the character to solve the conflict/problem. Think of Sherlock Holmes...he wants to solve the crime, but you don't know how he will do it. Suspense is created to move readers through the story.
Each plot event should add to the uncertainty of the reader to draw him further into the story.
Rising Action
The stakes for the character are raised by the author, placing the character in increasing danger, or his personal risks (such as loss of treasure, friendship or safety) are increasingly higher.
Intensity
The author sometimes creates a "near miss" or a false solution that keeps readers on their toes and prevents the plot from becoming predictable.
Close Calls
Authors of suspenseful literature will focus on the details such as a knock on the door, turn of a key or a shadow moving in the corner.
Details
The author will give his/her story a place and time that invites curiosity and uncertainty.
*" It was a Dark and Stormy night"
*An old barn with squeaky hinges
*A small town with a spooky past

Setting
Unpredictable!
The key word is...
Suspense is a crucial plot element in literature. The plot is the arrangement of the ideas or events that make up a story, and its elements determine the reader's experience.

Read more: Five Ways to Create Suspense in Literature | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/info_8773970_five-ways-create-suspense-literature.html#ixzz29KDuA0H7
Suspense is a crucial plot element in literature. The plot is the arrangement of the ideas or events that make up a story, and its elements determine the reader's experience.

Read more: Five Ways to Create Suspense in Literature | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/info_8773970_five-ways-create-suspense-literature.html#ixzz29KDuA0H7
Plot event

Plot event
A little uncertain
More uncertain
Plot event
Getting really scary
Think about The Goonies
3. The Fratellis find the kids at the Pirate ship.
2. The underground cave is full of traps/tricks
1. The boys are trapped in the Frattelli hide out.
Onomatopoeias are frequently used.

Can you name a few that would add suspense?
Can you name one?
Mood in Literature
Mood is the feeling the reader feels when he/she reads a piece of literature.
The key is THE READER. How do you feel when you read:
*A comic book?
* A novel where the main character is suffering from a fatal illness?

*A mystery?
Tone
TONE is how the AUTHOR feels about a subject. It is the
attitude
toward that subject. Imagine how the author is speaking.
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