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Wulf Moon
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This is a thread to highlight gems learned from the Writers of the Future Online Workshop articles. There’s important information for aspiring writers in these, such as in “The Manuscript Factory” and the article on what is art—my personal favorite. Please open your post with the title of the article so it will be easy for forumites to track.

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2021 7:27 am
crlisle
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The most interesting and helpful lesson to me was Essay: Suspense by L. Ron Hubbard on Suspense. He said that most rejections come from lack of suspense. He gave a wonderful example of writing without suspense and then corrected it. You have to make your reader wonder what is going to happen with an "...intricate succession of events."

Next he talks about fight scenes. Those that will make it into the wastepaper basket have no suspense. He gives examples of suspenseful fights and boring fight scenes.

Next he discusses foreshadowing. If you use it, make sure your story lives up to what has been foreshadowed.

In conclusion, if your story has been returned to you, add more suspense. Keep your reader on the edge of their seat. Make them wonder what will happen next. Make the ending of each scene a page turner.

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Wulf Moon
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@crlisle

Thank you for sharing these points from Hubbard's article, Candice! So many stories lack dramatic tension. The writing can be beautiful, the characters interesting, but without tension, the guitar string does not sing. Tension drives plot.

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2021 5:08 pm
DoctorJest
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I'm giving this a whirl, and just this evening got to "Practical: Talk to Another". Well, drat! Suffice to say, this is my shy self's Achilles heel, but it's giving me a kick in the pants to ask people I know a lot of questions I've really been curious about for a long, long while! I am always full of questions, but generally also full of shyness and a sense that I shouldn't waste people's time by asking them bonehead questions.

I'm going to ask them the bonehead questions.

And then I'm going to continue on with this workshop. I'll comment more on my take-aways after I'm all done!

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