I want to know, but I don't want to know. I hear all kinds of rumors about the latest gadgets, such as the new iPhone, which will probably be called the iPhone 5, and the latest iPad. How much will they cost? Can I afford them? What features will they have? I'm dying to know all the details about available memory and new features, etc.
I want all that information now. Then again, I don't. There's something fun about being kept in suspense. The longer the suspense, the more the curiosity grows.
The same can be said for a good book, be it a mystery or other genre. I and other readers are dying to know the answers to burning questions, but once learned, the book is for all intents and purposes over.
The lesson to be learned is not to give away the store. When writing a novel of whatever type, only explain what needs to be explained, and nothing more. Instead, throw in hints in strategic spots to build suspense. Get the readers agitated and wanting to know the answers, but string them along as far into the book as possible. Then, spill the beans as near to the end as you can.
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