122: Get Tense: The Plot Thickens

Get Tense: The Plot Thickens

Using tension and pace to craft your story

October 26, 2018

 

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USING TENSION AND PACE

This podcast was inspired by a post a former instructor wrote for us, the late Mary Rosenblum.

Let’s begin at the beginning. What exactly are tension and pace? Think of tension as a rubber band that pulls on us as we read. As the tension increases, that rubber band pulls us to the edge of our seats, riveted to the action on the page. As it relaxes, we sag back onto the sofa and enjoy the scenery in your world, really noticing those delicate drops of dew and the exquisite colors of the birds’ plumage. Controlling tension and pace is a matter of craft.

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