Each Scene Needs Tension

Write Great Fiction: Self-Editing & Revision

Each scene needs some sort of tension built in. It’s like the characters are pressure cookers. The anxieties cause them to tremble inside a little, and these anxieties gradually build until the characters explode to relieve the pressure. So, in every scene, ask about the characters’ inner anxieties:

  • Are they understandable, human?
  • Are they on the way to being pressed to the limit?
  • How can you show, subtly or overtly, the pressure?
  • What will be the consequences of the explosion?

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