Drawing out a moment in your story


Hello, all! It’s release day for The Ranger and I want to celebrate by giving my tips for extending a moment in a scene!


Extending a moment can do wonders for you and your story. Whether a character just asked your MC an important question, or if the moment is full of suspense, you’ll want to drag it out longer than most other moments in your book.


Well, how do I extend a moment? How do I add that level of tension to my story?

Inner dialogue.

Having a character reflect on a moment connected to the one happening will enable you to draw out that suspense. Let’s dive into an example.


”So, Audrey,” Mark paused the cutting of his steak to look at her. “How about that offer?”

Audrey’s eyes widened. “I don’t think I want to go with you, Mark... it’s not my thing.”


Now, let’s take that scene and add to it.


”So, Audrey,” Mark paused the cutting of his steak to look at her. “How about that offer?”

Audrey’s eyes widened. Her heart kept rhythm to Mark’s fingers tapping the table. Did she want to go? She had never traveled overseas before. The thought of boarding a plane terrified her. Everything about it terrified her. A clock ticked somewhere in the room, gradually growing louder and louder till it began to grate her ears. Her stomach turned to rock, and her fingers became jelly. She looked at her brother’s face, his eyes filled with hope... hope that she would accept his offer and go. Her hand dropped. “I don’t think I want to go with you, Mark... it’s not my thing.”


The reader is in Mark’s shoes there, waiting for the answer, dealing with what feels like radio silence. What is the MC’s next step? Are they going to dive into this seemingly life-altering decision? Now, remember, this should be done sparingly in the book. Important choices and moments should be the ones that require this.


Well, that was my tip for you today! Happy Friday!

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