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Write On, Wednesday: Keeping Tension on Every Page

By Leslie Lindsay You hear a lot about tension. It’s in the news. “Tension in the Middle East,” the bug-eyed beauty behind the camera chirps on your  television. It’s in your shoulders after carrying the world right there, spread between your shoulder blades. Middle East and all. Tension is in your exercise band during your weekly “Body Sculpting” class at the gym. Tension is also in that novel your reading. Or writing. At least it better be. So what’s the deal with tension? Well, no one wants to read about unicorns and puppies. Well, maybe 2nd graders do. But you better believe that even in that early grade chapter book there’s bound to be some trouble with those puppies. Trouble is intriguing. Trouble is fun. Trouble keeps you turning the pages. Okay, so it may not be “trouble” as in something a child gets into. “You got into trouble again?! What am I going to do with you?” Trouble is a loosely generated term meaning “conflict,” or “tension.” Think of what you are currently reading. Does it keep you …