TENSION…TENSION…TENSION

 

Or – what makes your story sizzle!                                         

 

So, how many times have a critique partner, an editor or an agent rejected your work because it lacked tension?  Be honest now…because it’s happened to us all.  But what do they mean when they say it lacks tension?  Tension can mean many things from a weak plot to boring characters to an overused storyline.  For me, ratcheting up tension means one thing—action.  I mean think about it…when you’re reading a story, at what point  does your mind begin to drift away from what you’re reading?  It’s when the action starts to lull isn’t it?  You know I’m right.  You begin to skim waiting for the action to pick up.  When things start to happen, you are pulled back into the story.  The moral of this story?  Keep the tension in your writing high by making certain that something happens on every single page.  Start by reading every page and making sure there’s action on each one.  It really is a simple exercise  that will make a tremendous impact on your writing.  I promise.                                                                                 

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