Jed posted about a…

Jed posted about a conversation we had recently about putting characters in moral danger, how it can be a lot more effective for building reader tension than mere physical danger. Worth reading for writers, I think.

But also, a good physical technique is to barrage your character with multiple physical danger issues at once (not necessarily directly to them -- could be aimed at friends, relatives, others), such that it's clear that your hero just can't handle all of them. It's almost unbearable as a reader, and makes it very hard to put the book down. Who will they try to save? Who will be lost as a result? It's brutal.

Probably something to save for the climax of your story/book -- if you do that in the first scene, going to be hard to build from there. :-)

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