Monday's Motivation

Increase Your Novel’s Tension (Part 2)

Last week, we discussed the basic development of tension in our novels. Today, we’re diving deeper. What strengthens the existent tension? I think the answer is really two-fold. 1.) The cost. Great novels force readers to invest. Have you ever heard someone say make your characters likable? They’re saying that to help increase your tension. When a… Continue reading Increase Your Novel’s Tension (Part 2)

Monday's Motivation

Increase Your Novel’s Tension

This year at ACFW, I met with agents to present my book proposal. During my appointment, the agent wanted to know how my story developed–What roadblocks stood between the two main characters? In light of this, over the next three weeks, we’re discussing tension. How can we develop rising tension in our stories? What makes for… Continue reading Increase Your Novel’s Tension

Wednesdays in Whippercreek

Ch. 24: A Timid Traveler

***Click the teal “Wednesdays in Whippercreek” above to make a chapter selection.*** Ella stuffed all she could inside the trunk that had once held her mother’s most priceless possessions. She intended to leave Whippercreek for good. Remaining only caused painful memories. Folding the last of her clothing articles into the truck, she shoved the lid… Continue reading Ch. 24: A Timid Traveler

Wednesdays in Whippercreek

Ch. 19: A Take on Love

***Need previous chapters? Click the teal “Wednesdays in Whippercreek” above to make a selection.*** Cade paced with nervous movements outside the cabin behind the church. He had come to speak with Ella’s father, but the words escaped him at present. I love Ella.–Far too brazen.                                                                                                               Sir, may I court your daughter? No, you may not,… Continue reading Ch. 19: A Take on Love