Maintaining the Suspension of Disbelief


In fiction writing, it is the primary intention of the writer to attain¬†and maintain the suspension of disbelief. The further away from reality the manuscript goes, the more doubt enters the reader’s mind. Apparently, if the genre is Fantasy then a new world may be built, and the activities within that world must be consistent. However, if someone is on an alien planet, with different animals and life forms but has a chicken sandwich for lunch, then there arises an element of disbelief.
In the genre Crime Fiction set in the UK in present times, the greater I leave reality, the more the scepticism becomes a problem. Everything must be a realistic action within the format of life in the UK, and then the suspension of disbelief will continue without a problem. The fiction I write is just a scenario that has not occurred, but is feasible to occur. The actions people make have not occurred, but would be likely in that particular case.

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