Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Little Whine

I'm trying very hard to ratchet the tension and conflict in a short story that is just lying there pathetically. I just got a heavy revvie on how to end the story, but the conflict isn't good enough. What to do? What to do?

I need a literary torque wrench. Or a magic wand.

Okay, finished whining, back to writing...

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At 17 August, 2010, OpenID idiotbonsaist said...

Chris Baty (of NaNoWriMo) gives a lot of recommendations in his book, one of my favorites of which is to add a gun in the scene (literally or proverbially) and just see what happens. Even if you don't use it in the story, it's a good way of exploring ways of increasing tension in the scene. I've tried it with a fair amount of success.

 
At 17 August, 2010, Blogger L. S. King said...

Hm, well, there are no guns on this particular planet, but I might try a variation on that theme. LOL

Thanks.

 

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