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Guest Blog from Mia Darien--Writing Suspense

There are a lot of thin lines you have to walk when writing. At least, if you ever plan for anyone to read what you write!

One of those things is between complexity and simplicity. When you're writing for adult audiences, you don't want stories that are so simple that it sounds like a children's novel, but you also don't want it so complex that you confuse and lose your readers.

It's even more important when you're writing thrillers, suspense stories, or mysteries. I consider my Adelheid series to be suspense, which means that you need an intense series of events, a mystery to the tale even if you're not writing it as a mystery and leaving clues for the reader to pick up on.



This is also a possible pitfall of the genre, however. You will feel compelled to add twists and turns, but may fall into the trap of making your tale too mysterious and too intricate, and if you can't help your reader to follow along, they will lose interest and stop reading. People read these sorts of stories for enjoyment, after all, so you as the writer have to assure that they are enjoyable.

For me, in all my stories but especially in Adelheid, I find most of my suspense is born from the battles within the characters, the things in their past and present that they have to overcome and the inner strength they have to find, and so my characters are where much of my complexity lies. This is also where the same thin line exists.

Characters have to be complex enough to be three dimensional, but not so complicated that people can't relate to them.

Relating to characters, being able to enter the writer's world/setting, and follow/enjoy the plot are the three most important things to get right if you want readers to like your story, and they are three areas where too much or too little complexity can sink your book.

Mia Darien

Biography: Mia Darien is an indie author of speculative fiction, and a New England Yankee transplanted into Alabama clay. No matter her geography, she continues to stubbornly and rebelliously live the life of her choosing along with her family and pets. She doesn’t miss the snow.

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