The most important thing an author can present in the
beginning of any scene is a question that will hook readers into needing to know the answer. The second most
important thing is making certain that question isn’t the wrong question.
1. What is this character’s name?
2. How old is this person?
3. What does this person look like?
5. Where is this scene taking place?
6. What year/season/day is it?
7. Who is this character interacting with?
8. What is the narrator’s relation to the other character(s)?
9. What is the character trying to accomplish in this scene?
10. Why should I care about any of this?
Tell me your opinion: Do you think “false suspense” ever has its place in fiction?
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Story by K.M. Weiland