Yes I did; no you didn’t.

Jennifer R. Hubbard posted (a while ago) about the idea of conflict in a book.  Instead of letting your characters argue back and forth, which can bore your reader, let the tension build by keeping the characters separated.

My two main characters in WINGED tend to remain quite separate through parts of the book.  They only meet during scenes in which something major happens – emotionally, physically, whatever.  Besides those scenes, they are acting independently of each other, brushing each other with their thoughts but that’s it.

I mean, what’s more interesting to read: two characters in a romance novel having sex right in the beginning, or having sex later on after thinking about it for many chapters?  See, delaying conflict could be grand.


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