How to create tension in a story in 8 steps:

Step 1: Create engaging and dynamic characters with opposing goals.

Step 2: Choose a conflict that is important to your characters. Their investment in the outcome will create investment in the reader.

Step 3: Keep raising the stakes: Your story needs several points where tension reaches a peak.

Step 4: Allow tension to ebb and flow: Don’t make it so relentless that readers don’t get a breather.

Step 5: Keep making the reader ask questions: Uncertainty and the need to know are powerful storytelling tools. See More . . . 



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