Dramatic Tension

(Yet another in the series of Twitter threads I’m translating to blog posts! Enjoy.) So I know I talk a lot about how you need compelling conflict and stakes to have a gripping story. But on a line-by-line and page-by-page level, what keeps me reading is their more nebulous cousin, dramatic tension. Basically, dramatic tensionContinue reading “Dramatic Tension”

Dramatic Tension Part 1: Layers of Tension

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about dramatic tension. I think manipulating dramatic tension is just as important as plot, character, and voice, but it doesn’t seem to get talked about as often. Yet dramatic tension is often the biggest factor that keeps me reading—it’s what makes a book un-put-down-able. It’s how writersContinue reading “Dramatic Tension Part 1: Layers of Tension”