Hi everybody! I'm used to talking to myself so this blog is working out well for me.
I just read a very interesting article in the Romance Writer's Report (RWR) about weaving conflict and storylines into your story and escalating tension throughout.
Now, conflict is something none of us like. Most of us go out of our way to avoid a fight. I do, unless I'm PMSing and then you'd better get the he!! out of my way. But the secret of a good story is conflict. For instance, I met my husband in college and we were friends before we started dating. Then we got married. There was conflict--mainly generated by my drama--but certainly not enough to write 100,000 words that anyone would read.
For our stories we want trouble, and lots of it. The hero and the heroine are searching for the same talisman--she has to destroy it, he has to steal it to ransom his dyspeptic mother before the ulcer kills her. The bad guy wants it to control the world. There's a hurricane, pirates, a shipwreck, and a monster-filled jungle to conquer before our hero and heroine reach the erupting volcano they have to climb to find the talisman.
And then the heroine falls into the volcano. Clinging to a ledge, she tells the hero to go on without her. Of course, he tries to save her. (He IS the hero, after all.) The villain pushes him in and takes off with the talisman. How are the hero/heroine going to escape the boiling lava, steal back the talisman, and save his mom? We want to know, and that's why we keep reading.
Hey...I kinda like that story. Maybe I'll go write it.