It’s WHALEFALL versus HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME and the whale wins
“Thank you for asking, yes I DID eat that man but it was strictly for the plot.” -the whale
I am so eager to read Whalefall after reading this analysis. I don't know how a person can pull off that story. I'm gonna find out!
My favorite idea in this piece: "This might be oversimple, but when I think of tension, I think of a rope being held taut. I want the whole story to be one rope, held taut and getting tighter by the minute. Not a series of ropes, some taut, some floppy."
As I edit my latest novel I am going to thinking: HOW TO TIGHTEN THAT ROPE!?
"Making the audience wait for something is not, in and of itself, suspenseful." Needed to hear this today and also how dare you.