Ready for another fun crit round?
This week, we're going to focus on tension. We all know that tension is what propels a story forward, makes us want to keep reading. It's like a sneeze that builds up and won't come out unless we stare at a light bulb. (No, seriously; it works. Have you tried it?) The sneeze feels so much better after all that build-up.
That was a weird analogy, but give me grace; it's Monday.
So I want you to submit a 250-word excerpt from anywhere in your novel. And I want to feel the TENSION building.
Note: Do not choose a scene that includes the resolution of the tension. Keep us dangling. I want some palpable tension that forces me to beg for more of the story!
Tension doesn't always equal fear, of course. It can be friction between two characters, a situation that's coming to a head, anxiety, a race against time, complications added to an already complicated development, and yes, sheer terror. So pick a scene where you really want your readers to feel the tension, and submit via the following guidelines:
Send a 250-word excerpt to facelesswords(at)gmail.com in the following format:
One to two sentences to give us a lead-in to the scene.
The 250 words, minus weird fonts (italics are okay).
I will accept submissions until Wednesday, October 29, at 9:00 am EDT. I will post them all later that day so we can jump right in with the crits.
Please post your questions here!