Patrick O'Driscoll

Dramatic Tension – Don’t Let Them Go (Part II)

Dramatic Tension – Don’t Let Them Go (Part II)

Keeping audiences hooked relies on meaningful dramatic questions, yet few stories generate tension on the most meaningful level. Nothing prevents an audience’s boredom like the need to know what happens at the ending. Provided the protagonist has our empathy or interest, the stakes are significant and the outcomes are genuinely uncertain, a story’s external and internal […]

 Patrick O'Driscoll

Dramatic Tension – Don’t Let Them Go (Part 1)

Dramatic Tension – Don’t Let Them Go (Part 1)

Clever concepts, genre staples, and rare characters can entice audiences, but without story-long dramatic tension, your screenplay will struggle to keep them engaged. Screenwriting has one rule: thou shalt not bore thy audience. Even Neanderthal storytellers knew that boring a cave full of people meant death (figuratively, we think). Writers strive for audience involvement with every tool […]