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How to Write a Best Seller: Secrets, Techniques and Success by Horst A. Mehler

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If I don't know where the doubloons are hidden, what is written in the cryptic letter on the pale-blue stationery, who the cutthroat is, when the dynamite is set to explode, what lies hidden in the small black box and whether the double agent is also acting as a scout for the Russians, I have to read on. I have no other choice in the matter. It is a fantastic technique, possibly la creme de la creme of all suspense techniques. Often, a novel is made up of nothing more than a step-by-step disclosure of a mystery.

As the author, it is your responsibility to ensure that the peak, the devious twist you create, is ten times more interesting than the reader could possibly have imagined. If it isn't, she may as well have written the book herself. Climaxes, and above all, endings must be unexpected for that very reason. It is imperative that they exceed the expectations of the reader. 3, the surprise, explains why writers are so fervent about collecting anecdotes about bizarre deaths - just as someone else might collect stamps.

MEHLER cliftbanger," which is a metaphor for the "to be continued ... " suspense echnique, requires scriptwriters to use a special technique. They have to direct all the other narratives included in the plot toward this apparent ending only to reak off expertly once the tension has reached a fever pitch. Let's leave our survey of the realm of basic suspense techniques. We've seen that this is the clay from which authors can sculpt outstanding books. Of ourse, there's more we could learn in this area.

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