Sunday, February 19, 2012

Insight on Plot: Stretch the Rubber Band

"One way of thinking about the suspense in your story is as a rubber band. You, the author, stretch the rubber band gradually over time, making drama in your plot more and more taut with every event, every plot point...After each scene or sequence you write, ask yourself, 'How did this event stretch the rubber band?'"--Robert Kernan, Building Better Plots

A busy week ahead, but taking this writing tip with me as I go. What writerly words of wisdom will be on your mind this week?



  1. Wow, I'm saving this one. Fantastic!


  2. Sorry not to have seen this sooner. Suspense is such a big deal, something I'm always struggling to increase. The rubber band is a good analogy!

  3. Kenda, thanks for this awesome tip. I am really going to embrace it big time :)