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Rising Action in a Story (Or

You may even have a bookshelf dedicated to books that you just never finished

The probable reason for all those books on that shelf, unread, is because those particular books lacked

Rising action is a crucial part to any great story and a big factor in determining whether

If you don’t have rising action in your book, you probably don’t have a great

Just as learning to write takes time and practice, learning how to incorporate rising action takes time

Rising action starts as close to page one, sentence one, as possible and uses tension to lead

The action starts off slow as you determine who likes to eat what and you plan out

Next, you go to the store to purchase all the groceries you need

Should you go back to the store and purchase the missing ingredient to ensure everything turns out?

The action continues to rise as you decide what to cook first

You run across the street to your neighbor’s house to see if you can borrow their

They are not home, but they have an open door policy, so you find the spare key

You get a phone call but don’t answer because you’re already too far behind

You decide to call back as you return to the store to purchase your missing ingredients

But on the way, someone skips the stop sign and you’re involved in a minor car

She tells you that the guests arriving at your house tonight are not who they appear to

The job of rising action is to take the reader from the first page to the last

Your job as a writer is to grab the reader’s attention and keep it until the

It’s important to remember that the type of rising action you use will depend on the

Rising action for a romance will look quite a bit different than rising action for a thriller

Tip: When deciding what type of rising action to include in your story, read widely in the

Reading widely in your genre can also inspire ideas for how to incorporate rising action in a

Remember, the core reason to incorporate rising action is to maintain your grip on the reader

A story is a story because there is tension and tention results in action

If you skip rising action and dump your reader right into the middle of the climax, there

The more invested your reader is in your characters, the more invested they will be in your

Including the appropriate amount of rising action will help draw in your reader, help them invest in

What to include in your rising action is dependent on your specific story as well as the

You may have fight scenes, an escape, a crash, a kidnapping, a rescue, etc

You might include your own experiences of starting from the ground up, and how things went from

Here are some examples of stories with great rising action you can learn from: 

In the Harry Potter series, Harry discovers he has some special abilities at the zoo

The action rises throughout book one, as well as throughout the entire series, until his quest is

The action rises throughout The Fellowship of the Ring, and throughout the series, until Frodo completes the

In The Hunger Games, the action rises as Katniss volunteers herself as tribute in place of her

The action continues to rise as she’s taken from her home in District 12 and transported to

The action continues to rise as she has to discover how to survive the Dust Bowl, her

Remember that rising action needs to be layered in as empathy is built on behalf of your

Imagine if The Fellowship of the Ring had started with Frodo throwing the ring into the fire

If you want to write a compelling ending, it is absolutely crucial to preface it with compelling,

If Harry had defeated He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in book one, his character would not be nearly as nuanced

What characteristics need to be brought out of the character and how can the rising action be

What characteristics need to be hidden in your character for the time being and how can you

What characteristics can the action of other characters reveal about your protagonist? 

When used appropriately, each factors into a well-designed plot that will keep your reader turning pages