I love Writer’s Digest. If you’re seriously pursuing a writing career, you should consider subscribing to the magazine. They have great articles from published authors that cover a multitude of subjects – related to writing of course 🙂
I recently picked up a copy of one of my older publications and reread an article by Jordan Rosenfield on building tension, or I guess I should say, quick tips for infusing scenes with tension.
Dramatic tension relies on the reader’s knowledge that something is about to go down – but the details for how or when have yet to be revealed. To create it, you must:
- Thwart your protagonist’s goals and delay satisfaction.
- Include unexpected changes without immediate explanation.
- Shift power back and forth.
- Throw in a piece of plot information that changes or alters your protagonist.
- Create a tense atmosphere through setting and senses.
Tension keeps the reader waiting with baited breath, wondering if the protagonist is going to survive, find love, or achieve his/her goal.
Remember tension keeps your reader turning the page.
Something to think about.
– Jan R