Components of creating tension:
- An opposing force
- Unanswered question or questions created by the situation or by other characters within the story and keeps readers asking more questions thereby raising their curiosity
- Danger, fear, or conflict
- Increased danger, fear, or conflict that ebbs and flows as the story moves along
- Engaging characters with opposing goals
If you’re having difficulty coming up with specific ideas that will create tension/suspense, think of it this way, play on your main character’s fears. Make them as uncomfortable and fearful as possible. Throw the works at them. Just don’t forget to give them the courage to work through that fear and accomplish the story’s goals.