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Tammy Lyn Carbol

Writing is the be​st way to talk without being interrupted

A Little Bit of TLC


Climaxes and Words....Colliding...

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 6:19 PM
Well phew!!! I did it!!! I gave my "Building That Climax, Well Before the Climax" workshop on Sexual Tension to the ARWA ladies on Saturday, February 8, 2014.  From what they said to me, they liked it! YAY!!! I'm happy some things I said helped some of them with their writing in regard to sexual tension.

Here are some of the key points I used - oh, and did I mention my presentation was peppered with pictures of Antonio Banderos (from Zorro), the newer version of Pride & Prejudice and that FABULOUS scene with Louis and Armand from Interview With The Vampire? Oh...yeah...those helped <wink>

  • Sexual Tension is NOT sex...
  • Building Tension - making the attraction each character feels for the other blatantly obvious to the reader
  • You MUST have some kind of conflict to have the tension.
  • Get a GOOD conflict that can be used to bring them closer, and then apart. Rinse and Repeat.
  • No conflict = no tension
  • You have to use internal dialogue to inform the reader what is going on in their minds
  • Build with it.
  • Tease them.
  • Thrill them.
  • Draw them in.
  • But try not to resolve it before the end! OR, you need to create another conflict.  Sometimes if you resolve it well before the end of your story, if you don't have conflict, the tension fizzles

So...just a couple quick notes from the workshop, but the hour and a half seemed to fly by. And truly, I'll never think of a sneeze again without laughing my ass off (private ARWA joke - but holy crap it had us giggling).

Then I was SUPER excited!!! I finally got off my behind and signed up for When Words Collide (August 8-10, 2014) here in Calgary! Checked with the hubby if he wouldn't mind me basically being gone for 3 days in August - took an afternoon off work - and there ya go!

It is for both readers AND writers, and when my sister saw Diana Gabaldon was coming (who just happens to be her FAVOURITE author) - oh yeah - she had me sign her up with me! Should be a fun and interesting weekend!  I know ARWA will be involved in numerous panel discussions, and I *think* we are having a panel discussion all our own.  You should TOTALLY come check it out!!!

I have been using my lunch hours the last little bit to get some writing done, and that has actually been working out well.  I'm getting more and more excited (heh heh) as I'm moving forward in this book.  In MY mind, it's fabulous - but hey, that's just me.

I shall continue to slowly plod along and get my writing done.  Little by little is better than none at all, and I will celebrate my "little bit" rather than torture myself when I don't write at all - it's the only way I'll stay sane.

If I stopped in frustration over having days where I didn't have time to write, I'd never move forward - so I will continue to write at lunch and IF time affords me, and I can write at home, I will do so.  As Dory says "just keep swimming...just keep swimming" (yes, yes I DID happen to watch Finding Nemo...FIVE times this past weekend)

I love the ARWA ladies and our meetings - - we always have a fantastic time with lots of giggles, and inappropriate comments (usually coming from me, but still).

I'm very happy that this month, my mom has offered to come play with David all night so I can go to my ARWA meeting (as my husband also has a meeting on that night)

Don't get me wrong, I love my little monster...but I love me my ARWA gals too!

Categories: Climax, romance