Recently the wildly successful mystery writer Lee Child wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times, titled "A Simple Way to Create Suspense." While what I write is hardly similar to his books, what he said made a lot of sense to me. It can be boiled down to this: Ask a question. Then don't answer it.
"Someone killed someone else: who? You'll find out at the end of the book. Something weird is happening: what? You'll find out at the end of the book. Something has to be stopped: how? You'll find out at the end of the book."
|Lee Child, me, and this other guy|