Episode 25: Gone: Suspense Critique

Leslie & Alyssa critique the first five pages of Stacy Claflin’s Gone, a Suspense thriller. They discuss how the shifting point of view and resulting irony (where the audience knows something the characters don’t) work brilliantly to increase tension. They discuss adding visceral detail and minor changes to improve the submission. 



Show Notes

Want to read on? Get Gone on Amazon now. 

Check out author Stacy Claflin's website to see more of her books. 

Books to check out:

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression  by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

Emotion Amplifiers by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

The beauty of emotion is that it can be manipulated by internal and external stimuli—circumstances that amplify what a character is feeling. Hunger or extreme heat can increase strain and deplete the body to the point where goals seem insurmountable. Stress can unbalance the most stable of characters, opening them up to raw emotion, rash decisions and, ultimately, mistakes that send them on a crash course with disaster.
— Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

Inline Critique