This is an excerpt from the recently released Writing Advice for Teens: One of the hardest aspects of writing, as with any other habit, is committing to writing every day, even if just for fifteen minutes.
Actually accomplishing this is hard. Last week, I finished up the Hunger Games trilogy. Suzanne Collins is a master at creating tension and conflict. Every page is filled with unanswered questions, raising the stakes for her characters, and overall, the feeling of building toward some overarching conflict.
Writers can learn a lot from the way she writes books. Not only is the story enjoyable, but Collins helps her characters connect with readers. Katniss and the other players in the Hunger Games feel real. So what makes this hard? It takes time to create stories with tension. The room was tense.
Everyone was pretty nervous. Do you feel the tension? The sample is too vague. How was the room tense? Why was everyone nervous?
Without feeling the tension ourselves, the story feels like it lacks focus. The front door slammed against the wall. This is it, he thought. Now I will either live or die.
It makes the story personal. As the reader, we understand that Alan is at a turning point. Making the story personal adds tension.
Tension comes by making a story personal.
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OK, folks, we’re ending this line of conversation. I agree that the original argument was baseless as you don’t need to be an astronaut to write (successfully) about a main character who is an astronaut, and the same can be said for writing fight scenes. Improve your writing with our lessons, model texts and exercises at different levels.
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