The Simple Trick to Suspense

Suspense doesn't always mean heart-pounding action. By definition, suspense is “a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen.”

Which is precisely what you want to create in your reader. Every time.

If you're like me, suspense can seem difficult—or even impossible—to create. You're trying to make your reader grip your book just a little tighter with every page. Maybe even sweat a little bit. But there's a sneaking suspicion in the back of your mind telling you, “They're not worried.”

How are you supposed to do that without shouting, “YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED!” to your reader?

There's a lot of complicated advice about suspense out there, but it doesn't have to be so mysterious. It really comes down to one simple trick. And thankfully, it's not hard. In fact, the toughest part about it is just remembering it.