Ever hear of the show “Friendzone” on MTV? Well I recently started watching it and have instantly become addicted to the whole idea. Friendzone basically finds young adults who are in love with one of their best friends and wants to tell them. The show helps them out by well making them accountable and doing it on TV. It takes some real guts to not only tell your best friend you have feelings for them, but imagine doing it in front of millions of viewers! My stomach goes in knots just thinking about it.
So what is it about “Friendzone” that connects to writing? Suspense. Just watching the people on the show get ready for their “dream date” makes you anxious to see what will happen when they finally tell the other person the date isn’t real and it’s really all for them. The beauty of it all is in the suspense. They drag out the entire show doing stuff like getting dressed, driving to their destination, and just getting to know the two people. Even though all you’re doing is sitting on a couch, the closer it gets to the big reveal the more excited you get. I’m not talking “I can’t wait until Christmas” excited, I’m talking “I’m so scared of the outcome that I feel like laughing and crying.” excited.
So what is it then that creates those knots in your stomach and the racing of your heart from watching a simple TV show? I thought about it and it became quite clear it has to do with your emotions and experiences. Obviously, if someone has never loved anyone in their entire lives they wouldn’t feel so emotionally connected to the show, but if your story somehow connects in the smallest way to the person in the show you practically feel what they are feeling. It’s as though you are in that situation. What we as writer’s can take from this example is that suspense is all in the emotional connection and the audience. If you don’t know your audience then you won’t sell a single book. So next time you try writing a suspenseful scene in your novel or short story try to focus as much on your audience as you do the scene itself. Bring elements from different experiences you’ve had and chances are more than enough people will connect to it and believe they are in your story.
Well, that’s all I have for today! Stay in school and see you Saturday 🙂
-The Glamorous Writer ❤