Thursday Book Feature: Mastering Suspense, Plot, and Structure

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Mastering Suspense, Plot, and Structure

By Jane Cleland

Copyright 2016

 

From the award-winning author of the Josie Prescott Antique Mystery series comes a how-to manual on creating gripping stories that leave readers on the edges of their seats. Jane Cleland provides what she calls a road map on working suspense and other elements of fiction into a story. Assuming you’re already working on a novel, each chapter offers an exercise to help you apply what you’ve learned to your own work. At the end, she emphasizes that if you follow her instructions, you’ll write books that sell and are loved.

At first, I was skeptical when one of my writing groups decided to read this book and do the exercises, sharing the fruits of our labors to our email list. I don’t read or write thrillers or mysteries or any kind of book with a lot of suspense. Once I got into it though, to my surprise, I found myself applying what I’d learned to my own novel, The Red Dress, which is now in the hands of the publisher, DLD Books. Jane Cleland’s methods can also be applied to short stories. So, if you like to write fiction and are looking for ways to improve in this genre, I definitely recommend this book.

 

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.

3 thoughts on “Thursday Book Feature: Mastering Suspense, Plot, and Structure”

  1. Reblogged this on Campbells World and commented:
    I cannot see how to change the title when I reblog, but I’d like to offer this book review to you writers from, author Abbie Johnson Taylor for our Reading With the Authors colujmn this week.
    Abbie writes fabulous book reviews, and now, as if I needed another book on my summer reading list, here’s yet another to read.
    Thanks Abbie. I think.
    🙂

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  2. Enjoyed reading your comments on Cleland’s book. This is my first attempt to comment to any blog, so I hope it works. My goal this month is to get a blog here at wordpress. See you on the Writers Retreat call tonight.

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