What is tension?

“My grandfather used to wake up at 5.00 am every day”.

Does this create tension? Not so much.

“Before my grandfather passed away, he told me something that profoundly changed how I look at life.”

See what is happening?

Tension is created. If I did my job well, you would feel this urge to ask me what my grandfather said.

Learning the art of creating tension is the key to effective writing.