I’m blogging at Writers on the Storm today about creating tension. Here’s an excerpt:
Next month, June, is “conflict month” at Writers on the Storm, but around my house, every month is conflict month. With three teenagers, a hard-working husband, a creative (a.k.a. crazy) wife, an eager dog, and a cat that disdains us all, can you imagine why? Yes, I have a lot of experience with conflicts of every sort. The big conflicts make our lives interesting—though I do prefer when they stay in my stories, thank you very much.
But today, I don’t want to talk about the big stuff. This conflict is so much smaller, I’m going to assign it a different name entirely: tension.
Tension: inner unrest, striving, or imbalance : a feeling of psychological stress often manifested by increased muscular tonus and by other physiological indicators of emotion.*
“Increased muscular tonus.” Ever felt like clenching? Yeah, that’s tension.
Stop by Writers on the Storm to read the rest. I’ll look forward to seeing you there!