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I've heard that suspense isn't about WHAT will happen, but about WHEN it will happen. When will the bomb under the table go off, when will the rival candidate's rigging of the polls be found out? If at all? Anyway, to answer your question, you might want to increase the stakes--if the campaigner doesn't win, the rival will do something bad. You might want ...


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I have a few ideas: Every word matters. Avoid adverbs, information dumps, and descriptive adjectives to the greatest extent possible. Still make it a "play of three acts" but with the first act being a single paragraph describing the protagonist, the antagonist, and the problem to be overcome. To build suspense quickly, we need to know right away what the ...


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This seems almost too simplistic to make a good answer, but if your problem is that you can't generate suspense in a very short story, make the story longer. Alternatively, decide that the story is fine the length it is, and just accept that such a short story does not require suspense. The reader doesn't spend enough time with the characters to care about ...



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