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The Power of Tension In Our Stories We all understand that the thing that keeps readers reading is tension. So, we writers always want to include as much tension as possible in our stories. What Kind of Tension? You have to consider if you're writing the story this way in an effort to create tension because the story itself has so little tension. Why Do ...


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I think you're referring to [nonlinear narrative][1]. The pivotal moment for me was seeing Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino. I almost got whiplash being thrown around. When done effectively, like in Pulp Fiction, you keep wondering: How? You are constantly looking forward, even though you are often looking back. I can't tell you how to do it, but this ...


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Steve Martini's thriller The List starts that way. It's a terrific book. I think the technique is fairly common in thrillers. Not sure about other genres.


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Autobiographical writing is difficult, because you know exactly what happened. You can't fudge it. Plus, you're writing about emotions and psychological issues, which are notoriously difficult to get right, even in fiction. Combining the two, it isn't surprising that you are having trouble. So, don't stress. Keep at it. Here is an exercise you can ...


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One thing I can say is, do not stress yourself out. That would be rule number one. Other than that, the medium does matter. Writing directly on a forum may put on the pressure for you. Best to dose it correctly, neither too high nor too low. Different subject matter will require different levels of effort. Writing a light-hearted message about an average ...



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