ah yes, the ninth doctor’s beloved companion “ali”
This is the best writing advice I ever got. It was during a Show, Don’t Tell workshop hosted by Janeen O’Kerry at CopperCon in 2012.
She talked about the common misuse of withholding information to generate suspense. New writers often think that withholding facts adds suspense and it can work, but it’s something to be wary of. Suspense should be about what’s going to happen next, not what’s happening right now. If the POV character knows it, the reader should probably know it, too.
This is especially important for first chapters or beginnings. The reader doesn’t yet care about your characters or know about your world so refusing to tell them what’s going on doesn’t do anyone any favors. If you won’t reveal what monster is in front of your protagonist, what the protagonist’s power IS, or where the danger is coming from, it only confuses and frustrates the reader. Suspense is effective when we’re worried about what’s going to happen, not when we’re stuck trying to figure out what’s happening at that moment.
Miley: “Dad I have something for Tanners bug collection”
my uncle: “that’s great”
Miley: “it’s a bird”
my uncle: “no its not”
They let it go and it flew away just fine, so we’re wondering how she caught it.
she caught another bird.
update: she caught a squirrel today
She is gonna rule the world one day with this power