I am a fan of love triangles.
Not just because I’m avid ‘shipper (relationshipper, aka someone who inexplicably cares which character the MC ends up with–yup, I don’t understand it either, but it’s my flavor).
Not just because love triangles add conflict and tension to stories (although different types of attraction generally do and I am so excited to share tips about using attraction to amp up story lines as a chapter in my WIP characterization book).
And no, it’s nothing to do with the fantasy of having two guys fight over you. I actually enjoy two girls and one guy love triangles equally as much when they are well done. Personally, having two people in your business trying to get your attention sounds like a hassle–like I said, it can add tension. Tension is the author’s friend, used judiciously. [...]
Pacing comes down to two elements: Move and Process. Balancing the push-pull between the two takes practice, quality feedback, and then more practice (also known as writing consistently). Read on for the breakdown of these two elements and then a sweet section of different resources to help you nail pacing.
Fear is a powerful tool to use in all parts of your speculative fiction story, including the world-building. Injecting some fearful elements into your science fiction or fantasy world increases tension, conflict, and ensures your world-building integrates perfectly with your plot. Here are five ways to use fear in your world-building!
Note: When creating societies, you might be tempted to say “Wait, I’ll make them biologically incapable of fear! Tada!” However, since fear is a basic motivating factor of all humanity, removing that from your created culture will make them alien and very difficult to relate to. You have lost a major aspect of reader identification. Now, if your point is to alienate your readers from this other culture, then you’re on the right track! [...]