Narrative Momentum: ‘but then’


This is my first blog post.  I intend to post either once a week or once a fortnight on matters related to creative writing.  Probably each Sunday evening.

So here goes.

I was listening to someone talk about the craft of creative writing the other day and she was speaking about the necessity of forward momentum in narrative in order to keep the reader engaged.

The speaker suggested keeping in mind the words:  “but then …”


Using those two words, either on the page, or in your head, gives a twist or complication to the story.


Seems a good idea to me.