But Dont Hint It to Death

In your build-up, though, take care not to try to write the set-piece before it's ready, before it's had a chance to simmer properly. Establish that it's coming, and maybe hint at the basic nature of the confrontation. You've established your characters, so the reader has some idea how each will react in crisis. But don't give away the exact crisis, or the outcome. Leave that for the scene itself. Grant the reader not only the enjoyments of looking forward but the enjoyments of discovery, scene by scene, as well. Write your set-pieces boldly and thoroughly, but keep some of your cards hidden right up to the end.

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