Anticipation? or Suspense?

Anticipation: the action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction.

Suspense: a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen.

girl-worried-1215261_1280

The line between the two terms is very fine. They almost intersect at some point. Yet the term “suspense” definitely carries a more ominous tone.

I pride myself as being a sister of the Sisterhood of Suspense. I write about people in situations where they are experiencing “anxious uncertainty.” The outcome could be bad. Yet, as potential love partners, they also feel a positive expectation. Hopeful uncertainty.

That’s what the holidays always hold for me. Hopeful uncertainty. I’m never sure of exactly how the days will play out: what there will be more of—smiles and laughter, or painful, reminiscent tears. Because that’s also what the holidays conjure up: memories of times past, when loved ones now lost are no longer able to participate in the festivities. Yet I hang onto the anticipation of joy in the revisiting of old traditions. There is a certain comfort there.

christmas-cookies-1051884_640

And so here I sit, on the threshold of a brand new year, a brand new, promising beginning. A chance to make resolutions for change. To start anew. To revive old dreams. To ignite enthusiasm for dreams still in their infancy.

This year ends for me with much anticipation, but also with some suspense. In recent months, a scary medical diagnoses has thrown my life across the threshold from anticipation to suspense: from hopeful expectation to anxious uncertainty. The “someday” I’ve always set my sights on has suddenly become hazy on the horizon. My own future, instead of lying hidden, hopeful, somewhere just beyond my line of vision, has zoomed frighteningly—possibly—closer.

But I remind myself: I am a writer of romantic suspense. Yes, there is anxiety, even trepidation in my stories that everything may not turn out alright. But as a romance writer, I know in my heart, there will be a happy ending. That’s the very definition of a romance. There will always, always, be a happy ending.

love-1672154_640

That’s the other thing I love about being an author—I have complete control over what happens just before those two little words: The End. So, I’m going to take advantage of my authorial license to declare, right here and now, that my story, as well as all my fictional stories, will end happily.

And you know what the other term for that sentiment is?

Hope.

schutzengelchen-1690635_640

 

 

Claire Gem writes intensely emotional contemporary romantic suspense. You can find out more at her Website Amazon Author page.

 

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Anticipation? or Suspense?

  1. Jacquie Biggar says:

    Hi Claire,
    I reading your post I am overwhelmed with the fears and anxieties as well as successes and dreams this past year has brought to me. I’m sorry to hear you are facing a health crisis. Please know your ‘sisters’ are always available to listen if you need to talk, cry if you need a shoulder, and cheer WHEN you beat this thing!!
    {{hugs}} and Happy New Year- because it’s going to be!!

    Like

  2. Marsha R. West says:

    Hey, Claire. This is so well-written, capturing exactly what we all fear about our lives and our characters.Know that SOS is here for you and with you hold the hope that your story will have a happy ever after ending as do all of our books.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s