Monday's Motivation

Increase Your Novel’s Tension (Part 3)

As we’ve discussed how to increase tension, we’ve primarily focused on the external conflicts. But the internal conflict may matter just as much, if not more. We write stories for imperfect people, in an imperfect world. Many readers desire the happily-ever-after. I don’t think this irony should be lost on us. See, our readers engage… Continue reading Increase Your Novel’s Tension (Part 3)

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