Literary Luncheon: Using Microtension in Fiction

Microtension in fiction is the glue that holds a story together and keeps readers turning pages. Just what is microtension?
it’s tension on a micro level, or in small, barely noticeable increments. Your big plot twists and reversals and surprises are macro-tension items. And those have great potential for sparking an emotional response in readers. But microtension is achieved on a line-by-line basis.

C. S. Lakin will explain ways you can create microtension and infuse it in your scenes via specific words and phrases and sensory details–all to help you become a masterful writer!Bio: C. S. Lakin is an award-winning author and blogger at Live Write Thrive. She has twenty novels and ten writing crafts books published and works full-time as a copyeditor and writing coach. In addition to teaching and speaking at workshops, she offers online courses for writers and editors at cslakin.teachable.com. Lakin is also the fiction track coordinator of the San Francisco Writers’ Conference and facilitates intensive online critique groups for successful commercial fiction writing. Check out her blogs and websites here: Live Write Thrive, The Self Publisher, and Critique My Manuscript.

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