Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

18.14: Heavy Lifting with Microtension

Let’s take all our tension tools and apply them in tiny ways. A big application of tension might be an argument between two characters about a course of plot-important action. Microtension might be those characters arguing about how long to boil eggs.

In this episode we’ll explore some favorite applications of microtension, and the ways in which it can be layered to ramp up the larger, plot-focused tension.

Credits: Your hosts for this episode were Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler. It was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.

Homework: Raise the tension in a scene by adding microtension alongside the big plot stuff.

Thing of the week: Chlorine, by Jade Song.

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