Falsely Building Tension

I was reading a book recently, in what was supposed to be a tense scene. The writer had done all the other things correctly to build tension — they had shorter sentences. Shorter words. Breathless pacing. Interruptions.

I still found myself rolling my eyes and not being fully drawn in. I knew I was supposed to be tense. Instead, I was skimming to the end of the conflict to the part where the story started back up again.

It took me a few minutes to figure out why I’d resisted being engaged.

It’s something that my husband…


Leah Cutter sold her first short story back in 1997, and continues to write and sell both her fiction and non-fiction. She supports herself with her writing.

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