|Last person to identify|
this movie still is a rotten egg.
This is one of Dorian Cirrone's tips; she had ten in all. Keep an eye out for Dorian as she makes the round of national conferences. She's a pleasure to spend a day with. Her book Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You is available from Harper Teen.
1. Ramp up your dialogue.
Dialogue: More Than Just Talk
“James, can you tell me the eight stages of the moon and which one we will see tonight?"
James leaned back in his chair and tapped his pencil against his desktop.
“James? The stages?”
The teen’s pencil stilled. His gaze caught the teacher’s.“Will you be out tonight, Mr. Wilson?”
I don't know about you, but I really want to know what Mr. Wilson is doing catting around in the middle of the night. I hope he's moonlighting as a cross-dressing hooker. Or robbing graves. Or extracting souls from the mouths of sleeping children. Or hunting leprechauns. I for sure would keep reading.
Do you have tips of your own for building tension? Please share, if so. I'll add one or two more of Dorian's, and a few of my own, in future posts.