Guest blogger Ezra Barany says adding a time lock turns any scene into a page-turner.
Need to build more suspense in your scene? Add a time lock! In fiction, a time lock is a deadline that the character must meet. It can be as blatant as a time bomb set to go off in three minutes, or as subtle as a young woman working up her courage to forgive her father who is on his deathbed. Adding a time lock turns any scene into a page-turner!
Warning! Use a time lock that fits the story! Unnatural time locks are only good for creating absurd scenarios. For example, imagine a young woman working up the courage to forgive her father as he's resting on a bomb set to go off in three minutes.
Ezra Barany is an instructor for authors at SavvyAuthors.com. His recent thriller The Torah Codes (#1 book in the UK Torah category!) is available at http://www.amazon.com/Torah-Codes-Ezra-Barany/dp/0983296014/
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