06 March 2007

What do editors and readers want?

Recently I've been pondering what do readers, and hence editors want from a story. A writing teacher recently told me:
READERS READ TO EXPERIENCE TENSION. Wow! That's interesting! And it totally fits in with Jim Gunn's comment in the Current Issue of Electric Spec, namely The release we feel when the characters we have been led to care about finally achieve their resolution is akin to the release we feel from sex. Obviously you can't have a resolution without a problem, or, in other words, TENSION.
Show us some tension!s

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