In this episode, Leslie and Clark critique the first chapter of a women’s historical fiction novel submitted by an anonymous author. They discuss tension, conflict, character traits, and description.
Editorial Mission—Increase the Tension
Below, are several options for increasing the tension in your story. Look for places where you can apply them to keep your reader fully engaged.
- Time pressure
- Characters with opposing goals
- Take away something she’s relying on
- Increase the stakes
- Reveal a twist
- Make it personal
- Conflict waiting to happen/anticipation
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