Module 3-descriptive writing using suspense

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Mystery and suspense stories use a lot of descriptive writing. This presentation will illustrate elements that are specific to suspense writing.

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The Elements of Suspense:

The Elements of Suspense

All Stories Contain Certain Elements:

All Stories Contain Certain Elements Plot Character Setting Dialogue Narrative

Suspense:

Suspense Anxiety or apprehension resulting from an uncertain, undecided, or mysterious situation Dictionary.com

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In suspense there must be an unknown; a suspicion, a mystery, a danger we expect

Suspense (mystery, intrigue, tension) is built with::

Suspense (mystery, intrigue, tension) is built with: Facts Innuendo Atmosphere Action

Ways to deepen suspense…:

Ways to deepen suspense… Dreams foreshadowing what may happen showing the character’s deepest fears, his haunting past

Ways to deepen suspense…:

Ways to deepen suspense… Clues journals / diaries / letters / notes / pictures, etc. physical evidence that can be used to determine time of death, how, and where

Ways to deepen suspense…:

Ways to deepen suspense… The Weather the season can match or contrast the characters’ emotional state

Ways to deepen suspense…:

Ways to deepen suspense… The Senses the smell of blood, the stench of an alley the taste of fear reaction to finding a dead body the feel of blood-soaked clothing

Ways to deepen suspense…:

Ways to deepen suspense… The Villain his/her motivations or intentions simple greed, jealousy, money the complicated serial killer mind

Elements unique to suspense stories:

Elements unique to suspense stories imagery repetition Grim humor alliteration Subjects of horror & supernatural Simile Metaphor

Imagery:

Imagery Language that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell) Ex: the hinges creaked

Repetition:

Repetition Where words or certain phrases are repeated for a stronger emphasis by the author Ex: Tick tock, tick tock

Grim Humor:

Grim Humor Topics and events that are usually treated seriously (death, sickness) being treated in a humorous manner Ex: I was never kinder to the old then the day before I killed him.

Subjects of horror & Supernatural:

Subjects of horror & Supernatural Intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the audience-usually an intrusion of evil Ex: The girl went crazy Because of the ghost Haunting.

Similie:

Similie Using like or as to compare to unlike things Ex: the ghost made as much noise as a mouse

Metaphor:

Metaphor Comparison of two unlike things using a “to be” verb My mom is a witch.

Alliteration:

Alliteration Repeated consonant sounds occurring at the beginning of words Ex: The hideous heart hummed loudly.

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