Lights! Camera! Tension!
- In every book
- In every scene
- On every page
Without it, who cares? The whole story falls flat.
In this class, we’ll drill deep to find exactly what creates tension in a scene or a character and we’ll learn dozens of ways to make sure you’ll use Margie’s orange highlighter at all the right moments. The class includes:
- Setting up tension – it starts small and grows into an explosion!
- Different types of tension -- patterns, time clocks, raising the stakes, mis-direction
- How sentence structure generates tension
- Create a tension tracker, so each major scene builds on the one before
- And lots more!
We’ll also work on the ebb and flow of tension – too much is just as bad as too little – until we make each page the best it can be.
Because that's what it's all about!
Sarah (Sally) Hamer is eternally fascinated by people and how they ‘tick’ and works hard to incorporate individual idiosyncrasies to create living, breathing characters in her many works of fiction. She writes in many genres – mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, medieval history, non-fiction – and has won awards at both local and national levels, including two Golden Heart finals.
A teacher of beginning and advanced creative fiction writing and screenwriting at Louisiana State University – S for over ten years, she also is a book coach, with many of her students and critique partners becoming successful, award-winning authors.
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