We looked at some line-editing skills today.
Tension has 4 styles:
Relationship / Task / mystery / surprise
1. Dialogue should always have inflection to reflect relationship tension (rise to point of crisis)
if two people are at odds - use shorter responses, less need for attribution and direction
2. Task tension works best by placing obstacles in front of your main protagonist, and just keep putting them there. TIP - don't always have an answer or solution as to how your character will resolve the crisis.
3. Mystery tension - use dramatic irony, let the reader see the misunderstandings of your protagonist - let them scream at the page.
4. Surprise tension (where's the twist?) Work at it being a surprise to you too. If you're surprised by what your protagonist has done, the reader will be too.
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