How to Create Tension in FictionYou've probably heard about tension and know it's a big deal, maybe even the biggest deal in storytelling, but why? What is tension, and why is it so important to storytelling?How to Create Tension in Fiction1 week ago in Writing
What Is Tension?
According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, tension is defined as:
a strained state or condition resulting from forces acting in opposition to each other
Applied to the wonderful world of storytelling, tension is all about one simple question: What will happen next? This uncertainty creates strain or anxiety in your readers, and the only way to relieve it is to keep reading and find out what happens next.
Tension and release is actually a cycle that builds up over the course of a story through what's known as pacing. Check out this awesome video explanation.
Tension is not conflict. Even though you will see the terms used interchange