Tension is vital for any story. It’s what grips the reader, what keeps them hanging on from page to page and chapter to chapter. Tension can be intense who's-going-to-die moments, or subtler ones that arouse curiosity. It exists primarily for the reader. Your characters may bite their nails with worry, but if your reader shrugs and puts the book down, the story will stand still. Tension is about the presumed emotional impact of possible consequences… Holding the protagonist at gunpoint is te...
Now is the time of year when thousands of writers look at their NaNoWriMo story and think: Yay! Okay, now what? (Or if you’re like me, you’re still drafting the denouement for the final scene, but I’m close to finishing. *smile*) Whether we wrote by the seat of our pants or had an outline, there are […]
King Arthur, Excalibur, Merlin, Lancelot, and Guinevere are stamped hard into the popular consciousness. As touchstones, they don't need a lot of explaining when writer's choose to dump them into whatever story they want to tell. And yet, there's a lot of things we haven't seen nearly enough of when that happens.