One of the most important elements of a story that keeps your reader's attention is tension. If things for the characters are hunky dory all the time, most readers will begin to get bored. We all experience conflict and contention in our own lives, and we love to read about the tension in the lives of others and see how they resolve that tension. But if there is no tension, nothing keeping the reader hanging on every word to see what will happen next, they will move onto something else - like another book.
So how do you create tension, and how do you maintain it? Here are a few suggestions.
Yes, conflict and tension make us uncomfortable, but that's what keeps your characters real and relatable. Plus, a little conflict in the journey makes the joyous resolution so much more satisfying.