Welcome to Read Like a Writera new series that examines a different element of the craft of fiction writing in each installment, using examples from the Recommended Reading archives. Each month, the editors of Recommended Reading —Halimah Marcus, Brandon Taylor, and Erin Bartnett—will select a few stories that illustrate a specific technique, style, or writing challenge. In the first installment of Read Like A Writer, we discussed how to write an ending that is surprising yet inevitable. Alfred Hitchcock illustrated the difference between surprise and suspense by inviting you to imagine a bomb under the table. If the audience knows about the bomb, but the characters do not, and the audience anticipates the bomb going off, that is the suspense.
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