Writing Challenge: Create tension in your scene

This week at So You Think You Can Write we’ve been talking about how to include exposition and backstory in your book without bringing the story to a shuddering halt. But how much backstory and explanation are needed, anyway? Withholding information is an effective way to create tension – for the characters and the reader. And that’s our challenge this week!

Your hero and heroine have just met. Falling in love with each other would be a disaster because.… Write a 3-5 paragraph scene that hints at the answer without giving us the whole story.

Post your scene in the comments below anytime between now and Sunday, June 24, 2018 and we’ll check back with you on Tuesday! (site will not be open for comments Monday, June 25, 2018.)