It’s that sweet build-up of wonder, the feeling of exhilaration mixed with the unknown: who’s hiding around the corner, what’s going to happen, where’s this going next?
You feel it coming on like a distant thunderstorm before the first crack of cloud and rain. The sky around you subtly changes colour. The cows bed down in their fields. And, is it your imagination or does the air taste different too?
It takes skill to craft the right amount on tension in writing. It takes practice and time to lead the reader onward and forward. Hooking them is easy enough, if you’ve got a way with words, but how do you keep them wondering? Guessing? Wanting more? Then, how do you leave them hanging off that proverbial cliff just so they’ll want to climb again?
In this age of media bombardment and hyper-stimulation it’s not as easy as it…
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