Mystery, Horror, Suspense

Distinguish between mystery, horror, and suspense:

“In a mystery you might find out that a person was beheaded. This occurs before the narrative begins, so the focus of the story is on solving the crime. If you’re writing a horror story, you’ll show the beheading itself—in all of its gory detail. If you’re writing suspense, the characters in the story will find out that someone is going to be beheaded, and they must find a way to stop it.”

/ Elements of Suspense in Writing: 6 Secrets to Creating and Sustaining Suspense – Writer’s Digest

Medical Drama

A: “Looking over your resume I’m impressed.”

B: “Thanks.”

A: “Stage experience, some TV and even a movie, that’s nice. However…”

B: “Yes?”

A: “I don’t see any surgery experience.”

B: “Huh? Surgery?!”

A: “Yes, this is a medical drama after all…”

B: “Yeah, but… surgery?”

A: “We can’t have people cut into each other willy-nilly…”

B: “Haha, yeah, good one.”

A: “Hm. We do have some spots for patients though…”

B: “Eh, yeah, I’m not sure…”

A: “We’re shooting a scene right now… you could make a quick buck…”

B: “Touch me and I scream!”

A: “It won’t be many people around hearing that anyway…”

B: “I’ll call 911! I’ve got mace!”

A: “Ok! Ok! Listen… I usually don’t say this… but you and me…”

B: “Yes?”

A: “I don’t really see the chemistry…”

B: “I know, right? Like… poof nothing! Why is that? You know, like, some people… like… void…”

A: “Hm, yes. You know what… leave your contact information when you leave and we’ll see if we’ll get back to you…”

B: “Thank God! Yes! Bye!”