Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | By: Angela Brown

What is it about Anticipation?

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I love anticipation as a reader, not so much as a writer.

Let me explain...

When you're reading a story, whether it be a romance, fantasy, mystery, or thriller, the use of moving the story along while driving up the stakes, inserting red herrings, foreshadowing.... those things are fraught with anticipation. As a reader, I can't turn the pages fast enough, the plot laying out before me with its twists and turns and OHHH so much fun.

Um, can you tell I love to read?

As a writer, though, anticipation can lead to situations of anxiety and stress, especially when you're putting yourself out there for a critique, while on the agent hunt, or on the cusp of publishing a written work.

I'm curious, as readers, what are some of the ways you enjoy writers weaving anticipation into the story? For writers, what are some of the things you do to deal with anticipation when you're in the "wait" zone? Hey, while you're here, enjoy some virtual chocolate cake.

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4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

About the only way to deal with the waiting is work on something else to keep your mind occupied.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I love plot twists and compelling plots to keep me turning the page. I never thought I liked contemporary as much as fantasy but am finding strong contemporary books just as compelling.

Mark Noce said...

That's a very good point. I can be difficult as a writer to make sure those anticipated moments come off right for the reader too.

Mildred R Holmes said...

Most likely the reason for all the projects and ideas I have. Waiting.

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