Writer Wednesday: 3 Rules for Keeping Tension Alive
Have you ever heard the expression “jump the shark”? It’s a term from television, stemming from the moment when the show “Happy Days” passed its peak. Now people use it to describe that tipping point of any TV show. I’d like to suggest we writers can jump the shark, too.
It’s all about keeping tension in your work. If you lose the tension, you lose the story. Too often I’m guilty of this. So here’s a look at a few things that might help keep that tension alive right to the very end.
1) Keep it messy.
I’m a fan of the happy ending. I like things all neatly put together and wrapped up in a pretty bow. So the temptation I have to avoid in my writing is resolving problems too soon. Don’t give your characters a break unless it’s absolutely necessary. In fact, load on the problems as…
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