Ian Irvine Reveals 41 Ways to Keep Readers Turning the Page! � Ripping Ozzie Reads:
Ian Irvine has written what could be seen as a masterclass list of the things we use in writing, particularly novels. The list is quite expansive, and has a lot of great thoughts and ideas in it. Well worth a good read.
According to top New York literary agent Noah Lukeman (The Plot Thickens), if a writer can maintain suspense throughout the story, many readers will keep reading even if the characters are undeveloped and the plot is weak. Clearly, suspense is a vital tool, yet most books on writing only mention it in passing and few devote much space to its creation and development.
I’ve written 27 novels, and some of them have been rather successful, but Lukeman’s observation came as a revelation. Accordingly, I’ve scoured my writing notes for the past quarter century, and the books and articles I’ve read on storytelling, in order to compile a comprehensive list of ways to create suspense. Here it is. Sources and links are listed at the end.