Re: When to do the reveal
As a long time reader myself I have to disagree. As a kid reading lord of the rings Gandalfs fall in Moria came as a complete and utter shock. There was no subtle warning, it just happened and I loved it. It was the first shock twist that I ever read. Since then the books that I've enjoyed the most have had these sudden surprises. To me in some ways there's nothing worse than someone trying to be over clever dropping out bits of hints followed by a great reveal and nod backs at them all. It's half the reason why I don't read thrillers. In my eyes its a bit condescending. However I do realise that for many people enjoy these sort of books.
I write in the style I enjoy. If that makes me a poor writer then so be it. It's your opinion and your entitled to it. However, I was only attempting to provide an alternate point of view.