Daily Writing Tip 42 of 100, Narrative Drag Is an Absence of Things

For one hundred days, I’m going to post a writing tip each day. I have a whole bookshelf full of writing books and I want to do some reading and increased studying of this valuable resource. This will help me keep track of anything I’ve learned, and help motivate me to keep going. If anyone has a favorite tip of their own to add, contact me. I’d love to put it up here.

Today’s tip – Narrative Drag Is an Absence of Things

Source – Fiction is Folks by Robert Newton Peck

Bring a thing into the scene and the audience moves an inch forward on their seats, to be close to the stage. Again, let me stress that the thing doesn’t have to be a bomb so large that it will blow up the Pentagon.

Of course, it could be a bomb big enough to blow up the Pentagon… depends on your genre. Good advice, though, when you are stuck and when things seem slowed to a halt – bring in something physical – however small.

Or big.