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Re: When to Reveal Info Your MC doesn't know?

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Postby Wombat_ » Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:30 pm

Thrillers work just fine. Think the Haunting of Hell House or Who Goes There.

What makes them tick is as the lead character figures out what is going on, so does the reader, though after the first death everyone knows something is going on.

Suspense works just fine. Think of Peter Benchley's Jaws (not the movie).

The lead character knows, but no one else does. Different take.

In this type of story you need a monster (ghost, serial killer, alien), an enclosed space (why not just get in a car and drive to the next town and escape?), and a sin that calls the monster forth. In What Lies Beneath it is the husbands infidelity. In Jaws, the greed of the town.

The movie Alien is a perfect blend of all the elements. The enclosed spaceship Nostromo in the middle of space, the sin of the company and its greed to bring an alien back, and the alien. Ripley, and the cat, are without sin and survive. All the other characters, Harry Dean Stanton wanting more money, the cyborg holding a secret, etc, sin in some manner and die.

That's what makes them work.

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Postby Crono91 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:17 pm

Be proud of your mistakes when they form from blinding passion. But now edit them.

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downloaded the kindle of R.L. Stevenson's essays for free from Amazon.

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