Tension isn't the only thing a plot needs.
The second edition of this story formula has more tips, more options, and further reading.
A gut feeling for stories isn't enough.
How to develop the emotional side of your plot.
Your story recreates the same three-point structure at every scale.
Tension drives the story, and conflict brings tension to life.
Against unclear stakes, dislikable heroes, and slow timelines, will tension triumph?
If a character's choices don't affect anything, they might as well be furniture.
Writers often know where their stories start and end but draw a blank when it comes to all the stuff in between.
Without a good turning point, endings don't feel satisfying.
Try these ideas to get your story's general ideas down.
Follow these tips to pare down your idea into something you can work with.