My love affair with suspense

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Suspense, thrill

Suspense and I, we go way back. I’ve been in love with suspense fiction for as long as I can remember. I learned to read at age four, but I recall afternoon naptimes before that when my mother would fall asleep with the storybook in her lap, freeing me to peruse the bookshelves at my […]

Hook, line, and story problem

by JoslynChase in Reading, Suspense, thrill

Story Power gurus, from ancient times to modern days, proclaim the universal truth that nothing hooks and holds human attention like story. If you’ve ever damaged a tooth or had a sore spot or irregularity in your mouth, you can attest to the fact that your tongue will seek it out, poking and exploring. It’s […]

Come on, baby, light my fire!

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Reading, Suspense, Writing

Sun Tzu, the Chinese general and military strategist said: “What enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge.” I think we can all agree that knowing, in advance, what will win would be valuable indeed. But a writer, writing for […]

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s what makes a story live and breathe.

by JoslynChase in Reading, Suspense, thrill

Fascinating and vivid description is lovely. Scintillating dialogue is a definite plus. Intimate peeks into characterization are wonderful to have in a story, but what keeps us turning the pages is that curiosity, the desire to answer the burning question… What happens next? Pretty much every kind of story benefits from the addition of surprise, […]