Inspired by T-rex.
One of the hardest things all writers must do is build tension. How do you create that anticipation, that unease, that gripping feeling that will keep your readers on the edge of their seats?
Whenever I need some inspiration, I think of T-rex.
And by T-rex, I mean THE T-rex scene — the big, tension-filled reveal of the Tyrannosaurus in the first Jurassic Park. My favourite movie when I was a kid (*cough* still is *cough*), I recently got to see the re-release on the big screen... in IMAX 3D. Even though I'm now 20 years older than the first time I saw Jurassic Park, the T-rex scene still gave me goosebumps.
See if you can spot all of the tension-building devices in this scene:
Dark and stormy night
Impact tremors... BOOM! BOOM!
Bad guesses: "Maybe it's the power trying to come back on?"
Uncertainty: "What is that?"
Heavy breathing, eyes growing wide
Gnawed-off goat leg!
A very scared man, "Oh Jesus!"
Fence is torn apart, rung by rung
A call for help: "Dr. Grant?"
What kind of devices do you use to build tension in your stories?
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