Consider these example stories.
In a small group, rate the suspense of each section of Boyle’s story on a scale from one to ten.
- Discuss you’ve noticed about the modulation of suspense.
As an individual, chart the suspense in William’s story, then Kemper’s, then Woodman’s.
- In a pair, compare your charts. Account for differences and similarities.
Finally, in a small group chart the suspense in Bender’s story.
What techniques or strategies does this suggest for modulating suspense in your own work?
Remember Percy’s suspense-o-meters can be part of planning/pre-writing, but they can also be useful when revising.