D is for Drama
What’s a story without a little drama?
There are many elements to drama: tension, passion, expectations, patience, suspense. But all put together, or even just one element, and you have something building up, something going wrong (or right), but there’s something we’re waiting for or hoping for and we want to turn the page to see how it turns out.
a composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving conflict or contrast of character
I suppose this could have as easily been a “C” word as well: conflict or contrast. But there has to be some tension. It’s not a documentary about wood chips, there has some be some skin in the game, as they say. Take our fearless characters Li & Lu: are they going to get out of the cave? What’s down there anyway? Does someone live there? Are they scared? Are you scared with them?
a situation or sequence of events that is highly emotional, tragic, or turbulent
It doesn’t even need to be lots of drama, just enough to keep you wanting to know what’s going to happen next. That’s all, just a little, just a taste, or better yet, the piece of chocolate on the table that you haven’t yet tasted and it’s the last bite and you’d like to have it, but you’re not sure who it belongs to, so do you take it? Just a bit of drama. And chocolate.