Create excitement on your own terms.
This common model for stories can be helpful, but it can also hold writers back.
To kill or not to kill?
Three books go head to head in a high fantasy battle royale!
When good conflicts turn bad.
The story is tense, but could it be... *more* tense?
A lesson in what tension isn't.
It's an urban fantasy showdown!
When we say conflict, we do not necessarily mean physical violence.
Without tension, readers get bored fast.
It’s challenging to maintain reader interest across multiple books.
Conflict and intensity in a story must be timed to avoid both boredom and exhaustion.
Tension drives the story, and conflict brings tension to life.
Tense scenes make for tense stories.
Winter World's opening establishes tension but lacks novelty, attachment, or satisfaction.
Against unclear stakes, dislikable heroes, and slow timelines, will tension triumph?