Suspense: What it is and Ways to Create It

We're looking at tension, conflict, and suspense this week.  You can find tension and conflict here.  Onward to suspense . . . What is Suspense? "Suspense is any unresolved tension in the story that makes the reader want to see what happens next," says James Scott Bell. Raymond Obstfeld agrees:  "On a basic level, suspense … Continue reading Suspense: What it is and Ways to Create It

Core Conflict: What is it?

Conflict is the tool that fills up the vast majority of your story and provides the bumps that are the journey the reader takes from the opening character-with-a-goal to the closing character-who's-achieved-(or not)-her-goal. So . . . What is Conflict? Half a dozen masters put conflict this way:  two dogs, one bone. "The idea of … Continue reading Core Conflict: What is it?