Tension is an important aspect of writing, and tension amongst characters is vital. The tension gives the characters the ability to fight with each other, which in turn raises the tension and suspense in the story.
While, as writers, we may want our characters to be happy and have great lives, for the story to be gripping, we need lots of tension. There’s nothing better than having a character fighting for his life, chasing bad guys, and getting shot at, and on top of all that, be having an argument with his girlfriend back at home. Perfect characters that everyone likes are boring to read about, because they have no one to fight with.
The tension between characters can even be little things. In my WIP, the IT nerd is a messy character, and he’s irritating the housekeeper, who is spending her days cleaning after him. (As the IT guy is finding out, it’s not a good idea to anger the woman who can vacuum while she watches the sun rise!) This tension is enough to enjoy writing their scenes, and hopefully is enjoyable to read!
What are your thoughts on this? What tensions do your characters have? Let me know in the comments!