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Writers 750 Program for July 2016

As a fiction writer, you are invited to participate in a *free* workshop this month called SUSPENSE 111. Challenge yourself to use your fiction skills. Add to your portfolio each month in the Writers 750 Program.


1.) Research the concept of writing “suspense” in your fiction story. You can do this any number of different ways. Watch the news, write what you know, or make up something suspenseful entirely from scratch.

Suspense: a state of feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen. Synonyms: Tension, anticipation, expectation, anxiety, apprehension, strain, excitement, eager, jumpy, antsy, uptight, jittery, on edge (from

Suspension of Disbelief: the point at which you must give up all skepticism and just accept what goes against all that you think and know (from

Biblical cure for anxiety: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:6-7

Learn from other successful suspense novels such as Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane and Watchers by Dean Koontz. Study the development of suspense formulas from free articles such as 9 Tricks to Writing Suspense Fiction by Writer’s Digest, July 2008. Find an old suspenseful story and figure out how to improve it.

2.) Write an original short story of 750-1,000 words, based on the concept of using “suspense” from your research. Deadline to finish writing your story is the 25th of the month.

3.) Optional challenge: Include something behind a closed door and a message. The message can be anything from a note in a bottle, an inscription, or a note left behind.

4.) You have the option to email your story to by the 25th of the month. Include your story pasted in the email, your name, and title. Selected stories will receive up to three beta readers by email during the last five days of the month.

All fiction writers work independently.