Keep the pressure on

Craig’s absolutely correct – always find a way to make it harder for more fun and tension.

Story Empire

Craig with you today. Sometimes I have topics to spare, and sometimes I struggle for one. Since this site is for authors, I need to deliver something that might help you with your own stories.

I spent Saturday watching old movies. Then it came to me. We have plots and characters, but there is a kind of tension that binds them all together inside the story. We can’t neglect that, or our tales will seem formulaic.

One of the films I re-watched was Dante’s Peak. This is one of my favorite films. There is a point where everyone went back up the mountain to rescue the stupid ex-mother-in-law. The volcano takes the cabin and the cars. They are forced to escape across the lake.

I’ve written about my index card method of plotting before. Rescue the old bat might be one index card. The next one is to get to…

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