My English teacher has said that the plot of my short story is excellent but I have not created enough tension. I was wondering does anyone have any tips on how to create tension in a short story. It is the story I am hoping to be able to use in my junior cert so this is important to me!!
Depends on what tension
make it dramatic
I heard it again. It was the sound of footsteps moving closer and closer to me. In the shadows I saw a figure. Between two hands I could make out the shape of a gun.......pointed at me.
as the figure came closer I recognised the face.
It was him.
(this line specify who it is, e.g. it was my brother)
putting spaces like these helps make the scene more tense
p.s i didnt mean to put in a space between pointed at me and as the figure came closer.....
Use plot twists, but not enough to make the story dizzying or hard to follow. Descriptive verbs e.g. 'whirled' 'raced' or 'snapped' are helpful. Build the story up to a climax and ask rhetorical questions if you want.