This How to Make Your Writing Suspenseful video also includes:
Viewers get some tips on how to create suspense in their writing from a short video that draws on examples from Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, and even Oedipus Rex. Remember: It's not what happens but what readers fear might happen.
- Have class members craft their own suspense stories employing the suggestions found in the video
- Assign groups to analyze devices used in stories they have read and present their findings to the class
- If assigning the video for out-of-class viewing, assure that all pupils have Internet access
- Each tip includes examples from published stories