who looks at us
the way Kristen Bell
looks at sloths.
Since some of you are working on novels through Camp NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d give you some quick tips on how to create tension in your story. I know NaNoWriMo novels might have trouble with properly fleshing out dramatic scenes, which can cause problems with tension, so here are a few things you should look out for:
The right pacing allows you to work in the right amount of tension into your novel. There should be ups and downs, and they should be spread out. When your character is in a crisis, the pacing should speed up. Remember to give your readers moments of relaxation before assaulting them with more tension. Good pacing goes a long way.
Short sentence help with pacing and they help create tension in a scene. If you’re writing a chase scene, for example, you want quick sentences that show the action. Make sure you use active verbs. Long, drawn out sentences can slow down your novel and might not fit in extremely action-oriented scenes. Decide what type of scene you’re drafting and go from there.
Crafting well-written dialogue between characters is great for creating tension. For example, the antagonist trying to get information from the protagonist—information that the readers know the antagonist cannot find out—can create a lot of tension. Tension doesn’t have to just be created through action.
I just mentioned dialogue, but silence can also create tension. When there is a noticeable lack of action or lack of dialogue, especially when it’s crucial for a character to do or say something…ANYTHING, your audience will feel the tension. For example, if a character says “I love you” and the other character in the scene doesn’t say anything. DRAMATIC TENSION.
Hope everyone is doing well!
Above is an excerpt from ‘Personhood’ by Lauren Zuniga, which can be viewed here.
Yes I like it.
Couldn’t love this more.
SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS <3
As people are starting to note…anti-choice people are not pro-life. They are just pro-enslaving-enslaving-women’s-bodies-so-they-pop-out-tons-of-babies and once the baby is out- screw you.
As I said last night on twitter: To everyone who thinks it’s bizarre or shocking or scary to write lesbians into fantasy novels: do it anyway. It is awesome is what it is.
To clarify because this is tumblr and now I have more than 140 characters, what I mean is every so often I see someone blogging or tumblring or tweeting about how difficult they find the concept of writing about lesbians is, especially in speculative fiction. And by difficult I mean they really want to — maybe they’re lesbians themselves — but they’ve been conditioned by the mainstream to believe that (1) lesbians don’t exist in fantasy so if you put them in there it will be “bizarre”; (2) putting lesbians in fantasy will shock mainstream readers and thus the story/novel won’t sell so it’s not worth the time to write it*; (3) writing lesbians is scary because there are so few of them in SFF what if you get it wrong/it’s frightening to write something you desperately want to see/myriad other writerly fears based on marginalization.
So that explanation went on longer than I anticipated. There are lots of fears. They can stop you. But I hope you’ll push through them to the other side, which is full of awesome lesbians in fantasy! (And every other genre, I might add.)
* This was my biggest fear before I wrote Ash.
“everyone has their off days” I tell myself 15 days in a row
ReunionIt’s only when his fangs scrape against my tongue that the reality of Nathan’s transformation truly hits me. When coppery blood fills the kiss, we both pull back. Nathan extracts himself with a gasp and steps back a few feet, looking at me warily, like I’m the vampire.
I swallow. My mouth tastes like blood.
I wrote a thing on Cimmerian Tales about vampire kissing and a teenage medium who’s plagued by ghosts. It’s short (about 1700 words… about 200 words longer than I wanted it to be…) but it’s inspired by the song, as mentioned above.
Check out the rest of the blog for other dark YA tales not by me!
Once more, for the evening crowd. I wrote a thing. Vampires! Kissing! Full moons over little lost cemeteries! Ghosts!
FALSE ALARM. Tomorrow is not, in fact, the 29th of July.
In other news I don’t know what day it is anymore, which doesn’t bode well….
Currently on Paper Hearts, my writing advice book that I give away for free on WattPad, I’m going over some of the common specific problems people have and giving answers to what I do to surmount them. This is an on-going project, so if you have questions you’d like me to cover, be sure to let me know!
(Also on Wattpad: two free short stories set in the Across the Universe world—one of which has nearly 100k reads! eep!)