Readers Thrive on Tension – So Make It Worse

Readers Thrive on Tension – So Make It Worse

I heard about an exercise to increase tension in which participants wrote a situation, then were told 10 times in succession to make the circumstances worse. Sometimes, we writers are too quick to be satisfied with the tension we’ve created. But the exercise showed...

Enliven Your Dialogue with This Easy Exercise

  What you can learn about dialogue from actual conversations is amazing. Exercise   Recall a discussion you’ve had that contained conflict. Write the dialogue down as close to what was said as you can. I had this dialogue with my husband this morning: Me:...
Readers Have Goals Too – Satisfy Them

Readers Have Goals Too – Satisfy Them

In Stephen James’s article, “Tension & Release” (Writer’s Digest – January 2015), he tells us: “Readers want to wonder, worry, anticipate, and hope.” To understand this better, I’ve tested these readers’ goals against the story of “Rapunzel” by Jacob and Wilhelm...