Editing to Maximize Suspense – Joel Armstrong




PENCON 2023 Video

Editing to Maximize Suspense – Joel Armstrong

Whether a book promises a page-turning whodunit, a hate-to-love romance, or a well-timed comedic gag, narrative suspense is a key element of meeting the reader’s needs. In this session, Joel Armstrong will show us how to define narrative suspense, identify different types of suspense, and edit a manuscript to maximize suspense through characterization, pacing, and story structure. Case studies in romantic comedy, mystery, and fantasy will demonstrate how suspense operates differently in different genres.