One Fictitious Moment: Creating Tension

Creating and maintaining tension is a skill that is taught for all kinds of writing – from journalism to detective fiction to wedding speeches. You as the author are tasked with keeping the attention of your reader between long but necessary paragraphs of backstory and dialogue that can span pages and scenes. I’ve read a lot of tips on varying your pace and ‘upping the ante’ at regular intervals, but here are some of my favourite ways to keep heartbeats rising through the story.

One Fictitious Moment: Writing Detective Fiction

I’ve been writing a few articles for various publications recently and as part of one of those assignments, I decided to create some YouTube videos about writing. This is the first episode, and it’s about how I construct a detective story. Hope you enjoy it!

You can Subscribe to my new channel here by the way: https://www.youtube.com/user/onefictitiousmoment

Horatio Hornblower by C. S. Forester

For those of you who have not had the good fortune of reading the original Horatio Hornblower series (I read them in my teens, and am re-reading them now) this is a teaser of a great BBC version you should get ahold of. As I continue to transcribe Casebook 7 ‘Principessa,’ I find that I am drawn to literature preceding the 1900s for my tone and even the words I choose. So I hope you enjoy this little treat from one of the great fiction writers of his time!

Racconigi Castle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpM9dhx-j3k

This gives me some great ideas for describing the interior of Racconigi Castle.. though I wish the film-makers had spent a little less time watching the dancers as walking through the Palace….

This gives me some great ideas for describing the interior of Racconigi Castle.. though I wish the film-makers had spent a little less time watching the dancers as walking through the Palace….