Mystery, suspense and dramatic irony are the tools that writers use to create tension and thus attract readers to the story. Time, the setting and a great villain are the three key elements to create suspense in your work. If you achieve these three, readers will go through those pages faster than a T-Rex can run after your jeep in the jungle. Foreshadowing is another great way to create suspense.
There are several ways to portend a character change or a plot reveal later in the story. For the best result, any outcome of the omen must appear in the third act. Be careful not to use too many omens, as they can hinder the progression of the character and plot. There are certain devices that can be used to increase tension and add atmosphere to writing, six of which we describe below.
These suspense devices are described in our creative writing skills book, which is ideal for children ages 7 to 14 who want to improve their writing skills. Anyway, a few cleverly placed Chekhov weapons are a very effective way for writers to create suspense when writing. This has the potential to generate a great deal of suspense simply because only the public has access to important information that will affect the character or plot. The writer's intention is to attract the public in such a way as to specifically incorporate the tension.
Since that character's power no longer exists, the question of how he will win (or be defeated) comes into effect and creates suspense. To bring the suspense to an explosive level at the climax of the story, each new action of the hero must be blocked by his opponent and either fails or leads to an even greater problem, until the climactic scene arrives in which the problem of the story is finally resolved in one way or another. Writers should keep in mind that countdowns are so powerful and work as an obvious element of suspense that they should be used sparingly and carefully. If violence is an essential part of your story and you want to create suspense, keep violence to a minimum, but keep the threat of violence as long as you can.
The best writers will add new lines of suspense through the tension between internal and external conflict. Suspense comes from building the audience's special connection with the character and the psychology of the characters with their ability to overcome obstacles. This is because the writer has perfected the art of suspense so well in his story that he forces us to know what happens next. To really create tension in your writing, use “Show, don't tell”, but extend your sentence with an adjective, adverb, or simile.
If suspense is built through subtextual instances, it probably won't generate any degree of anticipation.