Five Things Writers Can Learn From Sidney Sheldon Books
To put it bluntly, I am not a die hard fan of Sidney Sheldon. Yet, his writing style has never ceased to amaze me. I have read each of his books and waited eagerly for new releases. Sidney Sheldon - Master of the game? Yes indeed!! His fans have spanned across all continents and several generations- adolescents to lonely housewives, career women….and jobless heart broken males. You name them!! A writer whose flavor has been savored and tasted, relished, but sometimes rejected. His style of the feministic approach, heroines that are brazen, sexual innuendos, mystery, marvel and most of all – the talent to keep the reader griping onto the book till the very end. He is, of course, a writer unique in himself.
The essence of human nature is to be captivated by suspense and marvel. History is witness to that. Gods were a result of superstitious beliefs, marvels, mystique and the fear of the unknown. Mayans and Egyptians were stupefied by beliefs that originated from the unknown ….and the wish to know! Sheldon has maneuvered and exploited this trait of Homo sapiens in his writing. The mystery and suspense grips the reader. It has both entertainment and a well placed storyline. Many readers claim to devour his books in one sitting for this very reason. He mostly opens up the book with an appetizer of mystery. This creates suspense and the reader is compelled to read on and on. It’s a small literary device but works wonders in creating a bestseller.
In a 1982 interview, Sheldon said that he tried to write his books so that readers would not put them down without completing. He constructed the novel in such a way that when the reader got to the end of the chapter, he or she was compelled to read the next. It’s the technique of the old Soap operas- “leave the guy hanging on the edge of the cliff at the end of the chapter”. Besides simply using suspense he also used the right...
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