I spent the afternoon creating tension in one of my chapters. Writers know that sometimes in the middle of their manuscript, the story tends to droop. It's commonly called, "The Sagging Middle." Today, I chose a chapter of my Christmas book, "Unexpected Gift," and made sure it contained the tension it needed to keep the reader involved. Sometimes, it takes an entire paragraph, but other times, a simple sentence will add conflict. I hope I achieved my goal.
I dropped off my last manuscript, "Victoria," to an expert who checks for punction and typos. She also tells me quite candidly if the story doesn't track or if I manage to lose her when she reads. I'm so lucky to have critiquers who tell it like it is.
Keep reading. Joyce