And Then What Happened? Create Tension in Writing

Writing fiction allows you to create chaos for your characters. I love it. In real life, I try not to create chaos for my children. Less chaos=fewer meltdowns=happiness for all.

But not for my characters. Watch out Thomas. You're in for it today.

I can't recall where I read this, otherwise I'd give full credit. But somewhere I learned about one way to make tension in your story.

I call it, And then what happened.

If you're character is walking to school, make it rain. And then what happened?

His umbrella broke. And then what happened?

He stepped in a puddle. And then what happened?

A car drove by and splashed him. And then what happened?

A clap of thunder scared him and he dropped his lunchbox in the puddle.

You get the idea.

Not only is it fun, but it's a great way to release stress for moms. We would never want this to happen to our own kids, but it's a lot of fun making it happen to one of your characters. If you don't like what you wrote, just hit the delete button and day is sunny again.

Just watch out for the wasp's nest.

Happy writing!

Marcia Fowler

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