How to Make Your Writing Suspenseful

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Viewers get some tips on how to create suspense in their writing from a short video that draws on examples from Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, and even Oedipus Rex.  Remember: It's not what happens but what readers fear might happen.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members craft their own suspense stories employing the suggestions found in the video
  • Assign groups to analyze devices used in stories they have read and present their findings to the class
Classroom Considerations

  • If assigning the video for out-of-class viewing, assure that all pupils have Internet access

  • Each tip includes examples from published stories

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