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How a Thriller can hook the reader

Suspense killed him...

That is exactly what Thriller is about. Is getting out of your mind to get into someone else's mind. Is to shake the chair. Make you tremble. Give you intrigue, anxiety, creeps and even the desire of never stopping. Thriller is that genre that either gets you hooked, or it's not good. It must wrap you in such a way that it makes you play with your own thoughts to try to solve something, that only the writer knows, and that he wants and doesn’t want to tell you, all at the same time. Thriller is not a WHAT, but a HOW. How the story is told. And that's why people feel hooked to it.


Patricia Highsmith, recognized author of this category, said "it is impossible to explain how to write a good book", so we will not focus on how to write this genre, but on how to generate the suspense, and keep it during the whole novel by focusing on 3 main aspects: The first page, the characters and the so-called ‘cliffhanger'.


In a Thriller’s plot, surprise is the essence. It is what drives the reader to a roller coaster of events. And page 1 is the first rise that causes a tingling in the stomach with a mixture of anxiety, emotion and nerves. The first page is almost everything. That’s why some people take a long time to write it. In a Thriller, the first part of your story may not be the beginning, nor what happened before, but quite the opposite. It may be the end, or the climax, or a resoundingly strong scene. Yes, strong. So strong to dig into the imagination of the reader and give him the need to discover the rest.


Here the author is free to do and undo as long as he does not tell everything from the beginning and leave unresolved ends. This is crucial in this kind of stories. That the nodes become unraveling, but at the same time entangling a little more. You must know what and when to tell something. What Highsmith did in the first 30 lines was to place some action, something that would concentrate the essence of what would be the rest of the book.


Then there are the characters. These are the pieces of the puzzle. They are those who will show details and hide others, without exceeding surprises. The plot must contain an argument that is not linear so the reader doesn’t get bored, so is better to use a range of characters to play with. In this way, the audience will focus their attention on everyone and try to find out who carried out the crime, who was the one who died, who is lying, or who is the good one.


This brings us to the next important point: The famous "cliffhanger”. Basically, this is the term used when a suspense novel keeps you in suspense because that is how the reader feels: On the edge of the cliff, constantly. According to the journalist Adriana Tejada Cuadrado, writer of 'La Gelba', that anxiety that you get from this kind of stories is part of a Thriller’s style. And generally, for this reason, these novels end in the craziest or most unexpected ways.


Types of Thriller y subgenres:

(By Adriana Tejada, Literup.com)

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· Psychological Thriller: It delves into the mind of the characters, in their past, traumas, fears, experiences, etc.

Example: Psychoanalyst, John Katzenbach

· Mystery Thriller: Seeks to solve the mystery of a crazy or maniac character.

Example: Wedding dress by Pierre Lemaitre

· Techno-thriller: Thriller’s suspense is combined with the elements

of science fiction.

Example: Preston & Child

· Spy thriller: A thriller of detectives and spies.

Example: A classic, James Bond.

· Military Thriller: As the name implies, it's about military.

Example: The time of the strange emperors of Ignacio del Valle.

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Contest #MicroDrama

DRAMATIZE YOURSELF


Do you like Drama, but you don’t haven’t published anything yet? Do you want to write, but you are a few words kind of person? Well, this is your chance to ‘kill two birds’ with a single pen. In this month dedicated to the Drama category, we launched a new contest in honor of this genre and micro-stories. We consider that micro-stories are currently an effective, brief and very interesting way to tell a story, especially to writers and readers who have a disperse attention.


The contest consists in writing a Drama micro-story with a maximum of 250 words.


But what is the exact definition of Drama in writing?

It is a literary genre that is based on a conflict. And this conflict could be personal, romantic, criminal, familiar, universal or even real.


The BEST MICRO-STORY - the most original, creative and interesting - will be the WINNER. And of course, it must be correctly written with good spelling and grammar.


At the same time, we will also reward the MOST POPULAR MICRO-STORY, according to the 'likes' on Instagram or Facebook.


Start date: June 19, 2018

End date: July 17, 2018


How does the contest work?

1. You need to write a DRAMATIC micro-story of 250 words, máximum, and publish it in your Inkspired account.

2. Once published, you could edit your story everytime you want, until the end date.

3. The micro-story must be published as SHORT STORY in the DRAMA category.

4. You must use the hashtag #MicroDrama in the story’s description and also in the hashtags section.

5. The micro-story must have a title, your own cover, and a short description.

6. The BEST MICRO-STORY contest Will have only ONE winner, but we will have also a second and a third place. These will be announced on July 20th.

7. The winners will be chosen by the Inkspired editorial team, and the editors will focus on the story originality, the creativity, the quality and in following the contest’s bases.

8. It’s required a minimum of 15 participants for the contest to be official.

To participate in the MOST POPULAR micro story contest, you must publish your micro-story on your social network (Instagram or Facebook) and tag us (IG: @getinkspired - FB: Inkspired) with the hashtag #MicroDrama. This contest will also have a single winner, and this will be determined by the greater amount of 'likes' he or she obtains in the publication, these must be received until July 17 at 23h59EST. The winner will be announced on July 20.


Bases

1. People from any part of the world can participate, but the story must be written in English.

2. The micro-story can’t have more than 250 words, but it can have less.

3. You must be the author of your stories, we do not accept any kind of copy and there may be legal actions if this is infringed.

4. The stories do not have to be exclusive, they can be published on other platforms, but they must be yours and uploaded to Inkspired as well.

5. If you are not a current user of Inkspired and want to participate, you just have to register. It's free!

6. The micro story must have the hashtag #MicroDrama -in both the hashtag section and in the story’s description. In addition, it must have a title, a cover, and a brief description.

7. You can participate with all the micro-stories you want, as long as they are published as independent stories and not all in a single publication.

8. If you are only going to participate in the BEST MICRO-STORY contest, you do not need to upload it to the social network, but if you want to participate in the MOST POPULAR MICRO-STORY contest, you must have first uploaded it to the platform.

9. Anyone who does spam will be disqualified.

10. The terms of the contest must be fulfilled. No work that comes out of this period will be accepted.

11. The stories can be edited only during the time of the contest. Once closed, no changes will be accepted, or it will be disqualified.

12. The MOST POPULAR story is determined by the amount of "Likes". The "Likes" falsification will represent disqualification without prior notice. In addition, Inkspired reserves the right to disqualify those stories that do not have the right literary quality to be the winners or that go against our community guidelines. (To participate, you must upload your micro-story in your Instagram or Facebook profile using the hashtag #MicroDrama and tag @getinkspired in the case of IG and Inkspired in the case of FB).

13. Once the winners are announced, they should write to info@getinkspired.com to coordinate the delivery of the prizes. If the winner does not respond within 15 days, the prize will be awarded to the second place.

14. You do not need to participate from the first day, you can do it when you want while the contest is open.

15. By participating in this contest, you give the rights to publish your participating micro-stories in the new format that is about to be launched.

16. Participation in this contest means that the user knows and accepts the bases of it.

17. We also have contests in other languages such as -Spanish and Portuguese-, you can see them in the contest section of each language.


PRIZES

BEST MICRO-STORY

First place: 1 cover designed exclusively by the Inkspired graphic team for any novel or story that you want to publish or that you have already published (you choose it) + the opportunity to test our new micro-stories format that is about to be released.

Second and third place: Distinctive logo on the profile and appear in our featured stories of the week.


MOST POPULAR MICRO-STORY

Winner: Free grammatical edition and correction of the participant micro-story + Repost in our social network.


How to publish a story on Inkspired?

1. Go to www.getinkspired.com

2. Register as a user (if you are not already). You can do it manually or via Facebook.

3. Click on CREATE A HISTORY

4. Choose the type of story you want to publish, in the case of the contest it must be: SHORT STORY

5. Write the title of your story and the category (in this case it would be DRAMA). The title can be edited later if you wish.

6. Write your story as a single chapter.

7. Once written click on 'save' and then 'close and go to the story’s profile’.

8. Here you can add the hashtag #MicroDrama, the description, the cover and the language. Remember that the hashtag must go both in the hashtag section and in the description.

9. Then you will have to go down to where your chapter’s title is and click on the button that says 'Draft' and change it to 'Published'.

10. You can see a video tutorial on how to post here: https://getinkspired.com/faq/ -but it is in spanish.

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#WritingTips - What Drama pretends to create

Photo: Definition.de


Drama is what makes a conflict, beautiful. This is what gives it value. Most writers have that dramatic blood flowing through their body, but some prefer to use it, and others don't. This is one of the oldest and most classic genres of all times, and since then it has connected directly with readers, with their deepest fears, or their darkest thoughts. And that should be your main goal as a writer if you decide to create a novel or a dramatic story: To connect with your audience's emotions. 


Drama is life itself. It represents, in some way, the transcendence of black, sad or painful moments, and their way of being inevitable. As a dramatic writer, whether fiction or non-fiction, your closest goals should be the following:


1) To make a problem bigger. A good drama is a good conflict. But that does not mean that the more serious the problem, the better it is. The conflict must come from something captivating, from a real fact that causes a commotion or a fiction problem, that touches the reader.


2) "Touch" the reader and let him imagine the rest. The key is to make the reader relate to the story. Once created this link, it will be difficult for him to lose interest, and less if you must let him put the pieces together to discover what would happen.


3) Do not tell everything. Although you know it, there is no need to say everything. Suspense, intrigue, expectation and uncertainty are part of a good novel in this category. Let your goal be to encourage it, but do not abuse it either.


4) Feel everything. Everything, -how much and how- you write. Nothing better than a dramatic writing that really feels like it.


5) Dramatize. Give more strength and intensity to each fact. For example, it is not the same to say: "He broke my heart", that "he stole my heart and suffocated it until death".


6) Use the themes that go best with your style, but in Drama, lack of love and especially, death, never fail.

7) Give your characters goals or desires.  Your characters should have things that they seek to achieve, but they encounter difficulties on the road.


* In literature, Drama is a fiction composition, in verse or prose, about life, a character or a story that involves conflict and dialogue and is typically designed for theater (Definition: Merriam Webster dictionary). However, there are some written novels that are not taken to a theater, which revolve around a conflict that does not pretend to make the reader laugh. In addition, there is also Drama in the movies, television or radio, which has the same intention.


Examples of drama books: Under the same star, by John Green / Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare / One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez / Farenheit 451, Rad Bradbury 

Drama recommendations published on Inkspired: No sueltes mi mano, Mariano Villar @mariano-villar93 / Una historia, Andrés Amaranto Mercado @grebel / Garotas bonitas, Camy @camy / Dulce Sueño, Emilia Pardo Bazán




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Write to free yourself

#StoriesThatMatter - Interview with Aura Rodríguez, Puerto Rico's writer

Her pupils get exalted, dancing, shining, while a pure smile paints her face, exactly as if she were watching her grandmother all over again in front of her, sitting in an armchair, with her chin resting on her hand, asking: "Aura, What are you going to tell me today? " And Aura, with that sweet and innocent 6 years old voice, began to tell a story that emerged from her small but great imagination.


This is how her story began. Aura's story, a Puerto Rico's independent writer and fiction author, who always knew she would become an artist. She carries it in her blood -she comes from a family of painters, singers, actors, etc, but more than anything she carries it in her heart. Especially the art of writing. The art and the need to remove from her mind her deepest thoughts, and then feel liberated. Because she writes for that, confesses, and to fulfill herself as a person.


Her grandmother, who already passed away, and her mother, always listened to her stories. This pushed her into writing in the middle of her adolescence, after creating several short stories and watching a few movies. At that moment, the question "what if ...?" changed everything. Even her. Because since that days nothing was the same. When she was 17, she began the journey to her first novel: Almas Del Destino, which now occupy the shelves of some bookstores in her country.


Over the years, she defined herself more as a writer,  discovered new genres, and realized that writers build stories, but the stories are the ones that end up building them. For Aura, she has matured with time and she is not the same person who wrote her old novels. For her, the most important thing at writing moment is to do it for oneself, without waiting for the approval of others, because if this desire comes from a very intimate need, the feeling of fulfillment at the end will be eternal. And that's exactly what she transmit openly to Inkspired:


1. When did you realize that you were passionate about writing?

Since adolescence, from the moment I started pressing keys without control to deposit all the stories I had in my head. I'm surrounded by art since I was born, in my family, there are singers, actors, musicians, painters, designers, so I always knew that art was in my veins.


2. Then you consider that writing is an art. What makes it like that?
The power to express your feelings in letters, so the reader can feel the same.


3. Did you read a lot or little in your childhood?

I read a lot, but I liked to tell stories to my family. When I was 6 years old, I told my grandmother a story about two brothers who went on a trip to the sea and then a storm appeared. I think I still keep the recording that she made of that story. I remember like it was yesterday.


4. And this story was complete from your imagination? Or from some memory?

Usually, it came from movies I watched, and then I asked myself: What would happen if ...? And just with this, she created a whole story of it.


5. So, you think that asking yourself that question could be the key to discover what to write about?

Yes, I think that to become a writer, that question is crucial, and also you need to be sensitive. One of my fantasy works, Calixta and the blue mirror, was inspired by Alice in Wonderland because I loved that movie and I started to think: What if this turns this way?


6. Since we got to this, tell us a little about your works, what books do you have?

I have several published books. Souls of Destiny, a juvenile vampiric novel. The pleasure of your dreams, erotic gender. Sin Mirarte, short erotic story. Calixta and the Blue mirror. The Stories of a Young Brunette, a small collection of micro-stories. When the Roses Die, a short fiction story. All of these are available on Amazon, and Almas del Destino is also in different bookstores in Puerto Rico. I have other completed works, but not yet on sale, and a science fiction novel that brings me crazy, and it includes robotics and computer science.


7. In what do you inspire yourself to write?

In everything, in life itself and what I see and feel. But I admit that music causes me a very high state of inspiration.


8. So, you could say, that when you write fiction, it is always based on a real-life experience? Some example?

Yes, or in something that I see. Or, for example, my first novel of the erotic genre was the product of a dream I had. I woke up and said: I have to write about this. At first, I was a little scared, because I had never dabbled in that genre or knew how to do it, but I think that a writer has to write for himself, not for someone else, and this genre called me, so now I have 3 books published. (smiles gently)

9. Do you think it is important to have a writing routine?

Yes, but not to the letter. Consistency leads to success, but not flexibility makes you lose moments.

And the moments are the ones that give you stories ...



10. What are your goals for your literary path?

I have fulfilled many and I feel accomplished in several aspects. At the moment I want to focus on publishing more works and launching them to the commercial market. If you ask me in the future, one of my goals is to have an editorial or a bookstore/cafe.

11. Have you ever had an idea about your stories in the least expected (or indicated) place? How was that experience?

Sure, it happens to me a lot. Sometimes it's a bit confusing or even uncomfortable because it happened to me while I'm in a school meeting. But sometimes it can be funny, I remember once when I wrote a list of the traits of a character in the food note. It was something like: "grated cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, tall, thin, brown eyes".


12. Ha ha ha. Do you think, then, that writers are people who think too much all the time?

Yes, I think we think a lot and that also generates the need to get it out of our mind and write it down.


13. What do you think of the famous "Writer's Block"?

It is complicated (laughs because this is an endless debate). Much is said about that, there are those who say there is no such blockade, but others say there is. I just know, for now, that sometimes you can stay "blank", but it depends on several factors, life's routine, friends, family, the social factor, the external one, etc. And it is in you to identify what happens and how to solve it.


14. And finally, what advice can you give to writers, especially those who have just begun the path of writing?

Be persistent and organized. Do not let external factors limit the creative process. Search and form your appropriate moment. If you spend it on social networks, if you live on them, you're wasting time and, even if it does not seem like it, it will negatively affect your creativity. Observe life, listen to what people say. Read a lot, read everything you like and do not feel sorry for it, regardless of the genre or what others say, if you like it, go ahead. And above all, write for yourself, even if it sounds somehow selfish. I have seen writers who start and get discouraged because they do not have votes, readings or comments as they expect, and this is wrong, I think. When you write for you, you do it because of a very intimate need, and the external becomes secondary, a plus. If you look at your stories as something you need to tell, you will feel fulfilled.





More info

Pseudonym: AuraLuna
Favorite book: "Persecuted throughout the city" by Mary Higgins Clark.
Preferred authors: Gabriel García Márquez, Pablo Neruda and Stephen King are the main authors, and it does not hurt me to say that J.K. Rowling also has influenced a lot in who I am, in my motivations
Genres: Erotic romance, fantasy, science fiction, juvenile drama and

mystery / suspense

Profesional career: Graphic designer, proofreader and self-publishing consultant.
Hobbies: Paint, videogames, draw, make music with programs on the PC, go for a walk, read.



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