Sunday, March 15, 2015
The tension, that is.
It's something I've been told many times during my writing career. More tension. More pain. I thought that was exactly what I was doing, but it's only in the past year that I've started to realise exactly how little the crises I was creating were.
So many of the characters in my earlier stories were far too passive, and not enough happened to them. The crises within stories been to be amped, the fears of the characters need to be raised, they need to face the risk of losing everything.
This is something I now try to do with all my stories. Sure, there are stories and times when the whole passive thing works. But mostly not.
If you're not hurting your characters, then you maybe need to consider it.
More crises. More tension. More pain.