Monday, April 23, 2012

T is for Tense

T is for Tense

It’s like a rope.
One that’s pulled so tightly, that it feels hard as steel.  Sometimes it’s loose.  But most of the time, it remains tight.  Oh, so tight around me.  Suffocating me.
My fingers tingle with anxiety.  Awaiting my moment.  The moment I that I can break free.
Deep breaths.
I can do this.


***

Here's the song Let Me Fall by Josh Groban:


I'm not sure if that really fits the mood, but I've been listening to it all morning.

We all know that feeling.  The feeling of tension.  We need it for our stories.  Without tension, everything would be kinda boring, wouldn't it?

In real life, tension can be stressful.  Whether it's tension between you and a friend, between two countries, or between you and a Sith Lord trying to destroy the galaxy (that last one only applies to a few of us...), our lives are full of tension.

Yet, as I mentioned, tension in real life can be stressful.  It can make people frustrated or angry.  It can motivate them too, depending on the kind of tension it is.

I have to say, I don't think I have a lot of tension in my life.  Which is a good and a bad thing, depending on how you look at it.  The tension I have mostly comes from the inner conflicts with myself and the tension I feel while writing a story.

And then, there's also tension between me, my brother and sister.  (We're usually pretty good around each other, but we have our moments...)  If you have siblings, I think you'll understand.

But without tension, life get's a little dull, too.

Just think.

A world where nothing really went wrong... A world where there's nothing left to fix and everything is find and dandy all the time.  It gets old.  Boring.

So, um... I'm not sure what my actual point was when I started this post, other than what you already know: tension is good for stories!

Now, since I can't think of a good conclusion to this post, I'm just going to end it.

Have a Thoughtful (?) day!

--Jess

8 comments:

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Your T describes me right before I step on the scale after an event-filled weekend.

ScribblesFromJenn
Happy A to Z-ing!

Mel said...

Tension, much like diversity, is something that forces us to reconsider and expand our World View. Great post and thanks for stopping by mine :)

Leslie Rose said...

A little tension is motivating. A lot of tension turns your muscles into pretzels. Ah, Josh Groban.

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Can't live without tension - can't get away from it either!

Krista McLaughlin said...

A lot of tension - especially since I am about to write a very tense scene in my book when a girl is hung... with a tense rope. Great post!

Chuck said...

This is an approptiate post for this stage of the A-Z. Those hard seldom used letters of the alphabet. I am a little tense right now as I am stuck on Y...no subject has come to me yet and only a few days away...good news is I can start writing my X post now so there's that...

meradeth said...

As much as tension is good in books, sometimes I think I could do with a little less in my real life :) I could go for boring every now and again!

Pk Hrezo said...

I think that's part of why opposites attract sometimes... that tension can be a turn on cuz it shakes things up and makes life interesting.

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