When characters in a story are blocked from gaining what they want, they experience narrative tension. When acting to gain something increases a character’s pain (because the story/storyteller increases the obstacles) a character in a story experiences increasing narrative tension.
What is tension in a story?
Tension is that element in a novel that evokes emotions such as worry, anxiety, fear and stress on the part of both the reader and the characters in a novel.
Tension is used by an Author to create an emotional connection between the characters and the reader. The intention is to keep the reader passionate about the story and to make them develop empathy for the main character in the story.
How do you describe a shy person?
Shy people aren’t the type to describe themselves. Show his characteristics through his dialogues, attitude, action. Use words like ‘blush’, ‘mushy’, ‘awkward’, ‘uncomfortable’. I suppose it will be better if you describe the character from another person’s point of view.