Draaag out the tension!

img_2351-16Can I just pat myself on the back for a second?

The paperbacks of Double Blind arrived yesterday, and I’m reading it…

What can I say? I like paper, and I like my writing.

Anyway 2/3 of the way down page 41, Mr. Dilger hears a noise as he’s alone in his warehouse. He thinks it could be a burglar. By the end of page 44 he’s still on edge about it. That’s 4 pages of tension – that I added just to have more tension before he gets killed.

More tension, and it adds length to the story.

Tension drives stories.

Readers love tension, and DB is full of tension.

(So was The Navigators and so was Poggibonsi. An Angel On Her Shoulder had a lot of tension, too; just a different kind.)

All stories have, or should have, lots of tension. In a romance, the tension is about whether the main characters will get together, so don’t let them get together too easily. In an action story, there should be lots of hurdles for Indiana Jones to jump over to get the lost ark. You get the idea.

Tension is everywhere in most good stories, and once you see it, you see it everywhere.

Then you can add it to your own work and suddenly it starts to be a lot more un-put-down-able.

So if you need / want additional length (sorry if that sounds like a commercial for a men’s product) ADD scenes that ADD tension.

We talked about this recently, about how in Shakespeare In Love, the guy stammered for 40 seconds at the big moment, the start of the play. Same thing.

I did the same thing in Double Blind when the killer was looking for the jogger, his second victim. I had him not find the jogger too quickly. It wasn’t as effective there, btw, but it was still very good. Once we know a murder is about to happen, draw it out. Readers love it and they’re excited so they’re reading at a fast pace anyway – so it goes by quickly.

Don’t just get there. Set it up, let us know what’s coming, then draaaaag it out. Dragging it out while writing isn’t dragging it out at all when reading. It’s savoring. And if it’s well written, it goes by fast.

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Published by Dan Alatorre AUTHOR

International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

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