It’s Moving Too Slow — What Shall I Do?
As I grow my characters, and layer the elements of a new story, I’m always afraid that it is moving to slowly — because I’m doing precisely those things rather than something more exciting. How do I cultivate both characters and suspense, and work on more than one level at a time, and still make the pages turn quickly? Well, here are some things I try to do. (And hopefully it works!)
My Writing Process
One way I try to create suspense from the outset of my novels is by always beginning with a prologue that is either magical (particularly if I’m writing urban fantasy) or is told from the point of view of an arch villain (for “high” fantasy).
The “Atonement” books begin with Lilith the calico witnessing something supernatural.
(Lest anyone think the novels are about a cat, I’ll explain that…
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