Writing

How to Create Suspense in Writing

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 7, 2021 • 7 min read

No matter what type of story you’re telling, suspense is a valuable tool for keeping a reader’s attention and interest. Building suspense involves withholding information and raising key questions that pique readers’ curiosity. Character development plays a big role in generating suspense; for example, if a character’s desire is not fulfilled by the end of the book, the story will not feel complete for the reader.