This week, I’m taking my More Than A Guilty Pleasure class from inciting incident to first climax 😉 and explaining how a good romance novel is more like the female orgasm than the male orgasms. Um. More or less. Ok, maybe I shouldn’t have used that metaphor. But you see, in a really good story–you get your “tension-release-build-up-release–omg-tension-tension-tension-tension-release-again? really? oh, honey, yes” more than once.
So this has me thinking about the challenge I faced with Text Me, Cupid, which I wrote as four connected episodes that each had to contain inciting incident-first-climax-building tension-DARK MOMENT-and… OMG… no! RELEASE… and yet how the story arc as a whole also had to contain that. And how each inciting incident–in each “episode” or part–had to be more, er, inciting than the previous one. I think overall this makes for really exciting, breathless reading–but it did make for some challenging editing! (I needed to make sure I kept you breathless, right?)
I’m curious about your reading habits. Do you like to have a little climax right at the beginning… and then a bigger one in a bit… and then have them keep on coming, bigger and bigger until the one MASSIVE release at the end?
Or do you prefer to have the tension… just… build… UP… AND… UP AND UP AND UP AND UP AND UP OMG I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE HOW MANY PAGES LEFT IN THIS BOOK FUCK YES, NOW!?
I want to know.
For my writing class: how are you going to build the tension in your story? Up and up and up? Or tension-release-tension-release-tension-release?
It’s not a metaphor. 😉
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(Because I’ve got my More Than A Guilty Pleasure class on my blog right now daily for writing prompts, and because I’ve a new release out this month and another coming in November, I’m multi-tasking and I’m relating posts to my class’ experience AND to my launch stuff. So bear with me, kittens. All education is beneficial, right? And you know I’ll throw some smut in here and there for you, just because I’m me)
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Depends on the book and the characters, but I tend to prefer at least some little nibbles up front, even if the big climax waits (and waits and waits lol). 🙂