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Elements of Suspense
These are the main literary elements of suspense.
Terms in this set (12)
the threat to your character(s) should be immediate and ever present,
Build in intensity: hour by hour, day by day, minute by minute.
Seen in the rising action or events
Character/reader has a mystery to solve—
Characters/readers shouldn't stumble on the answers they need. They should work through the situation, follow the clues, and discover the truth. Rising action does not give all info.
these are the grave concerns of the main character themself
Foreshadowing & Clues
written (and implied) that something is going to happen later in the story.
Could be what is said, unsaid, meant, alluded or referred to by a character in dialogue
Could be a prior situation that is mentioned
Could be the background info. (setting: weather, details in narration, attitude of the writer)
False Sense of Security
reassurances of "o.k.ness" keep happening.
weather: stormy, night, overly hot or cold, dark places (gives mood or tone)
Villain and Victim
must be one of each
Syntax & Pacing
Short choppy sentences = danger
must be present
the state or condition of being unsure or in doubt about something
a feeling of tense excitement about how something such as a mystery novel or movie will end
a state of anxiety or intense worry about something
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