Sunday, May 29, 2011


In my current project, one of the things I'm working on is making sure there's enough tension in every scene.

"First we did this, then we did that," isn't necessarily compelling. So I'm trying to make it, "We did this because we wanted that." "We tried for this, but we didn't expect that." "We did this in spite of that." "We had to choose between this and that."

I'm asking what's at stake in each scene, and what changes, and how the story moves forward. Looking beyond what happens to why it happens that way.


  1. This is a hot topic with me. I've been concentrating a lot on building more tension in my novels. Asking what's at stake in each scene is great advice.