6 Secrets to Creating and Sustaining Suspense

• Maintain tension throughout your story
• Start your story in middle to increase suspense
• Your main character must fail
• Increase story’s suspense through reversal 
• Avoid ‘organ music’ to create story suspense
• Don’t break circuit of suspense when it’s hot 
• BONUS: “…many beginning writers end their stories when the real story is just ready to begin.” – Stanley Schmidt