Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, by Jane Cleland

Justin O’Donnell recommended Jane Cleland’s new book, Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot. He wrote:

 Hi everyone, Be sure to stop by Amazon to check out Jane Cleland’s new book, Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot. I wish I read this back in January when I was trying to plot my thesis project. Regardless of the type of writing you do, adding some suspense is a great way to keep readers engaged. Jane does a […]

I just finished Jane’s superb book. It is MUST reading for fiction writers, whether you’re just starting out or have a few books under your belt. Jane’s voice shines through in the pages—I can picture her standing in the front of the room during a workshop saying the same words, or see the same words in one of her many emails to me as she critiqued my work in years past.

I must admit it was especially cool to see she used my first two novels as an example of how to use subplots in a series, including me with some of the great series authors such as Robert Parker (Spenser), John MacDonald (Travis McGee), Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games), and her own Josie Prescott mysteries.

Her book has found a spot on my Writing Craft bookshelf alongside my desk.

Brian Thiem

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3 Responses to Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, by Jane Cleland

  1. Couldn’t agree more. I love organized people and organized writing : )

  2. janecleland says:

    You are both so kind. Thank you.

  3. kbeall87 says:

    As a fan of Jane’s teaching, I will definitely be picking up this book. Her workshop last year was invaluable; I can still hear her voice as I edit my work! Thank you! -Kathy

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