How to create tension in your story

Creating Tension in Fiction…Have a look at this list and see if it can help you.


A story, any story, needs tension. Without it, a story will stagnate and die, become like a wilting exotic flower in need of some water to survive. It will fail to move forward, to progress. Creating tension drives the story along, enabling your characters to reach their goals and desires, leaving your readers pleased to have read it.

I’m just at 30,000 words into my book, a contemporary crime mystery (not quite a ‘thriller’ yet, but I’m getting there), set in southern England. I have a strong female character and an equally weak male character, plus a sprinkling of characters on the sidelines that have yet to be fully developed.

Thriller – classed as a broad genre of literature, a story-line that has many twists and turns, keeping the reader on the ‘edge of their seats.’ A thriller usually has several sub-genres; suspense, action, anxiety, resolution, that allows the reader…

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