I’ve noticed in several manuscripts recently that writers are sometimes afraid to show the reader what the hero and her team are planning to do, especially when our hero is about to go into the climactic battle. When you need the group to do some serious planning, include the reader on your hero’s team.

This is a problem. Instead of creating tension or enhancing reveals, keeping the reader in the dark parks the reader on the sidelines just when you want maximum engagement and, worse, it often leads to confusion.

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