Definitely needed this.
At a few key places in The Water Castle, I really built up the tension – and it works. Nail biter stuff.
The reader is tense, the character is tense…
Hell, I was tense.
(I discovered a little trick, that whatever I wanted the reader to feel, I had to make a character feel. We’re in their heads after all, as readers, so if they are biting their fingernail and creeping slowly holding their breath, we tend to do that, too. I mean, you have to paint it right but that’s a big part of it. That’s also why, if your MC likes/dislikes/trusts/loves/hates another character, your reader will, too – if you allowed the reader to know and like the MC first.)
At a few other places that should have had tension, the story didn’t deliver it.
(Yet; it’s the first draft.)
Stacie’s friend is suddenly hauled…
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