|Generally, it takes two to create tension|
but three is even better.
T is for Tension because without it the reader turns pages. Every scene needs a source of tension. Tension is created when the sentences are short. The dialogue is confrontational. And, when time is running out.
HAL LONGLEAT AND THE TROUBLE WITH TRUTH
Down in the courtyard, the weary warrior was replaced by a steely soldier. After gripping his chest and bending his head, the knight prepared to take his shot. What must it feel like to be a knight… to know the arrow you fire could hurt another person? Hal shivered. The knight was ready, his arm bent back behind him. The bow tensed. As a light breeze shifted the edge of his white cloak, the knight remained still.
Could YOU have been gifted with the ability to identify and eliminate weak and brittle phrases from your work? To the uninitiated, these interlopers look like quality imagery.
CLICHÉ RAIDERS: REWRITE!
• take it with a grain of salt
• thankful for small mercies, be
• that’s life
• tighten our/your belts
• time flies
• time waits for no man
• tired and emotional
• tomorrow is another day
• torrential rain
• trials and tribulations
FOR T, I CHOSE TENSION. WHAT IS THE SUBJECT OF YOUR T POST?