Friday’s, Writing with James Patterson MasterClass
Video lesson thirteen 13 Writing Suspense. James Patterson starts out this video lesson with a bang. He talks quickly, enthusiastically, what I saw from James Patterson is the energy that you ‘need’ to see in your writing.
Here is a part of Mr. Patterson’s opening lines for lesson 13:
“Obviously, with mystery and suspense, it’s all about suspense. It’s constant non-ending fireworks. Its an adventure that starts and, –it’s gonna hold you at the edge of your seat right to the end, it starts big and gets even bigger….”
And even more…
“Got to be genuine. If it feels like, to somebody throwing in devices, if you feel the manipulation, you lose them there too. If the readers going, ‘this is just crap. This is just the usual somebodies, you know, trying to manipulate me.’
I love this line: “People kind ah want to be manipulated, but they want it done well.”
Know Your Genre
Read the books you want to write. You will learn how to write them, and you won’t write the same book. Write your own story.
“Be aware of what’s out there. Not to imitate it but to avoid it.”~ James Patterson
The Da Vinci Code the complexity in the story is in the puzzle. It felt fresh to people.
The Da Vinci Code is a mystery-detective novel by Dan Brown.
Now, the secret to suspense is…
Ooops! Sorry, I will not tell you what James Patterson revealed in his video. I will give you a hint. It is common sense. If I reveal it to you, you will lose out on hearing it being told by James Patterson.
James Patterson does get around to answering that question. He pumps up the energy in this class with intense energy.
If you listen, really listen, you will hear all the good advice being given. But you have to listen. Remember when you sat in school staring out the windows and not listening…well, don’t do that here. You will miss a great lecture. So a little advice, listen to these videos. Listen over and over so you can hear when that advice is given.
Click on the link to James Patterson’s MasterClass you will find it on the top left-side. Just look, for Mr. Patterson’s picture.