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Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot

Enthrall Your Readers!

Suspense is one of the most powerful tools a writer has for captivating readers—but it isn’t just for thrillers. From mainstream fiction to memoir, suspense creates the emotional tension that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot is your hands-on guide to weaving suspense into your narrative. Award-winning author Jane K. Cleland teaches you how to navigate genre conventions, write for your audience, and build gripping tension to craft an irresistible page-turner.

Inside, Cleland will show you how to:

  • Implement thirteen no-fail techniques to construct an effective plot and structure for your story
  • Use Cleland’s Plotting Road Map to add elements of suspense like twists, reversals, and moments of danger
  • Write subplots with purpose
  • Improve your descriptions, character development, sentence structure, and more

Packed with case studies, exercises, and dozens of examples from best-selling authors,Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot is the key to writing suspenseful, engaging stories that leave your readers wanting more.

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Meet the Author: Jane K. Cleland

Jane K. Cleland writes the multiple award-winning Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series (St. Martin’s Minotaur), which is often reviewed as an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans. Library Journal named the first in the series, Consigned to Death, a “core title” for librarians looking to build a cozy collection, one of only twenty-two titles listed, along with books by Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. “Josie” stories have also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. In addition, Jane has published four nonfiction books.

Jane chairs the Black Orchid Novella Award, one of the Wolfe Pack’s literary awards, granted in partnership with Al...

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