27 – Skulduggery Pleasant – Death Bringer by Derek Landy – The Gap

Backstories matter, but they can be hard to execute. This episode deconstructs how Landy uses the idea of the Gap to create intriguing character backstories that readers crave to learn. Enjoy!

Listen on Apple Podcasts

Listen on Spotify

Listen on Stitcher

Or click here to listen online

***

Shownotes:

Get my free short story! A Clockwork Prison

Want awesome short stories, bite-sized writing advice, and lists of the best books to improve your craft? Join my VIP email list!

Episode 3 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling – Creating Suspense Using Question Arcs

Harry Potter is successful (amoung many other reasons) for Rowling’s fantastic use of suspense and mystery. Today, I analyse how you can use question arcs to create suspense in your own writing, and how suspense destroys ‘soggy middle syndrome.’

http://novelanalyst.libsyn.com/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-by-j-k-rowling-creating-suspense-using-question-arcs

Links:

Ian Irvine – 41 ways to create and heighten suspense: http://www.ian-irvine.com/on-writing/41-ways-to-create-and-heighten-suspense/