Writing Suspense: How to Write Stories That Thrill in Any Genre skillshare originals badge

Benjamin Percy, Author

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15 Lessons (1h 16m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:29
    • 2. Designing Suspense

      7:06
    • 3. Charting a Story

      9:39
    • 4. Developing Characters and Narrative

      3:55
    • 5. Using Inciting Incidents

      3:22
    • 6. Developing Characters and Emotion

      3:48
    • 7. Using Emotional Resonance

      5:29
    • 8. Building Suspense with Temporary Blindness

      9:23
    • 9. Using Reversals

      3:41
    • 10. Creating the Turnstile of Mysteries

      8:30
    • 11. Creating Triangulation

      8:46
    • 12. Using Triangulation

      2:06
    • 13. The End(ing)

      6:25
    • 14. Final Thoughts

      2:02
    • 15. Explore More Classes on Skillshare

      0:33
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Dialogue for the narrative exercise in lesson 11, Creating Triangulation:

“Hey.”
“Hey yourself.”
“We need to talk.”
“Okay.”
“I need to tell you something.”
“Okay.”
“I’m late.”
“To what?”
“I’m late.”
“Oh.”
“So I took the test. And it’s positive.”
“You’re positive? I mean, you’re sure?”
“Yes.”
“Wow.”

 

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