Once again, from Write Great Fiction – Plot & Structure (Techniques and exercises for crafting a plot that grips readers from start to finish) – James Scott Bell
Stretching the Emotional (tension)
We humans are a circus of doubts and anxieties. Play them up! Give us the whole show.
To stretch the inner tension, ask these questions to get your raw material:
1. What is the worst thing from the inside that can happen to my character? (This encompasses a whole universe of mental stakes. HINT: look to the character’s fears.)
2. What is the worst information my character can receive? (Some secret from the past or fact that rocks her world can be stalking her through the scene.)
3. Have I sufficiently set up the depth of emotion for readers before the scene? (We need to care about your LEAD characters before we care about their problems.)
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