Conflict, Action, and Suspense
Offers step-by-step instruction on how to use conflict, action, and suspense to generate drama in fiction writing, discussing stage-setting, openings, cliff-hangers, mood and atmosphere, character development, misdirection, pacing, and other techniques.
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