Every story benefits from suspense. For suspense to be effective, readers have to be curious about or care about what will happen to at least one character. Suspense should never be used to fill space. It must not only be relevant to the story but also to the characters, based on the role that they are playing in the story.
Conflict is the main source of suspense. In plot development, conflicts work best when it appears and develop, whether just in one scene or throughout the novel. This may involve either some form of danger or an inner experience for a character.
Suspense is all about risk, whether it is within the character or between one or more characters. It can be anything from the protagonist in a room becoming aware there is someone or something outside the room, or how a character will face an angry mob that wants to lynch her. It can include the resistance that a character is feeling—toward others, themselves, or life events.
The suspense keeps readers reading the story and not wanting to put it away. Conflict and suspense do not have to come from one reprehensible event happening right after another. It has all to do with the structure of the story. You have used suspense effectively if your readers don’t want to stop turning pages or they care about what is going to happen.



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