The only thing to withhold is what happens next.– Orson Scott Card
I made a basic mistake while writing my latest children’s novel. I tried to create suspense by withholding information from the reader. The result was a confusing plot that had no gripping power – so I edited the opening chapters, introducing the central problem up front. The Hitchcock Principle is that you create suspense by showing the audience as much as you can, and as early as you can. He gives the example of two characters talking at a table for 5 minutes then a bomb explodes, providing a few seconds of surprise. But if we see the bomb under the table from the start of the scene, it provides 5 minutes of suspense.
Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. – Kurt Vonnegut
As soon as the character engages with the problem, narrative tension starts. – Norman Bilborough
The worse drafts hide information, wrongly believing that just giving a hint here or there is the best strategy.– Darcy Pattison