Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction

Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction

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Patricia Highsmith, author of Strangers On a Train, The Talented Mr.Ripley, Found In The Street, and many other books, is known as one of the finest suspense novelists. In this book, she analyzes the key elements of suspense fiction, drawing upon her own experience in four decades as a working writer. She talks about, among other topics; how to develop a complete story from an idea; what makes a plot gripping; the use (and abuse) of coincidence; characterization and the "likeable criminal"; going from first draft to final draft; and writing the suspense short story.
Throughout the book, Highsmith illustrates her points with plentiful examples from her own work, and by discussing her own inspirations, false starts, dead ends, successes, and failures, she presents a lively and highly readable picture of the novelist at work.

Anyone who wishes to write crime and suspense fiction, or who enjoys reading it, will find this book an insightful guide to the craft and art of a modern master.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [1983]
Edition: Revised & updated.
Copyright Date: ©1983
ISBN: 9780312286668
031228666X
Branch Call Number: 808.3872 HIG 1983
Characteristics: xiv, 145 pages ;,21 cm

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RichardPaul
Jul 13, 2011

Plotting and writing Suspense fiction----By Patricia Highsmith c - 1990----I thought it had a few good points.----RichardPaul

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Surrealeye
Jan 07, 2011

A brilliant help for a first time writer. She provides a lot of info to be consider before putting pen to paper or finger to keys, things from an era of noir writers to the writers of today.

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