The Blacklist and Suspense

The Blacklist

I just finished watching The Blacklist episode “Mako Tanida (No.83).” That’s the first time in a long, long time that my heart actually pounded while I was watching or reading story, my breathing got faster. I know very little about writing suspense except that it’s not the same as surprise and that it’s almost always better than surprise, so now I’m trying to think of how they did that. My first guess was that it came down to two things. Continue reading