Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction
Patricia Highsmith, author of Strangers On a Train, The Talented Mr.Ripley, Found In The Street, and many other books, is known as one of the finest suspense novelists. In this book, she analyzes the key elements of suspense fiction, drawing upon her own experience in four decades as a working writer. She talks about, among other topics; how to develop a complete story from an idea; what makes a plot gripping; the use (and abuse) of coincidence; characterization and the "likeable criminal"; going from first draft to final draft; and writing the suspense short story.
Anyone who wishes to write crime and suspense fiction, or who enjoys reading it, will find this book an insightful guide to the craft and art of a modern master.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BrianEWilliams - LibraryThing
This is a wonderful book. Some readers may be disappointed that it is not a "how-to write a book" story, i.e. a paint by number approach to writing. It takes a broad brush approach to writing a book ... Read full review
Plotting and writing suspense fictionUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
The late Highsmith, author of 27 works of fiction, including The Talented Mr. Ripley, wrote this book over 20 years ago to help new writers craft suspense fiction. Writers will be glad that it has ... Read full review
THE GERM OF AN IDEA
MAINLY ON USING EXPERIENCES
THE SUSPENSE SHORT STORY
THE FIRST DRAFT
THE SECOND DRAFT
The Glass Cell
SOME NOTES ON SUSPENSE IN GENERAL