The prologue of my fourth book is only 259 words long and in those few paragraphs one of my characters is kidnapped.
Definitely make sure to tell your reader what the victim is feeling, thinking, and everything he/she does during the course of the kidnapping. A kidnapping isn’t a kidnapping unless there is fear, because nothing is more terrifying than being attacked, over powered, and forcefully taken to God-only-knows-where by a stranger. Make your reader afraid for your character.
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Chapter One of my book continues the terror from the prologue with my character coming out of unconsciousness. I describe her surroundings, the fact that she is bound tightly by rope, and her fear when she learns who her kidnapper is.
A kidnapper is extremely dangerous because they are in control and they have a plan. They will use any weapon and any threat to instill fear in their victim until they get what they want, which may (or may not) involve the victim’s death.
To write an authentic kidnapping in your book, you need to create an antagonist that can make your readers cringe in disgust, fright, hate, or all three at the same time. Give details to their appearance and their mannerism. Make everything they do and say terrifying.
A few pages into my Chapter One, my character’s husband finds out what happened to her. He becomes desperate with fear and anger to find his wife. The rest of the chapter, which is about the husband’s frantic search and my characters violent kidnapping situation, is the most heartbreaking thing even that I’ve written so far in my series. To help me get the emotions I needed I listened to the song “Somewhere” by Within Temptation.
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