Irony is more important to storytelling than you might think. It helps create more poignant story events and ushers in more meaningful character transformation.
How to create tension in your stories
Do you take us to a point of conflict and then, rather than allow us to see it play out and get all worried about the outcome, you summarize it or just resolve it quickly? Stretching tension means you lengthen the scene but also make it more gripping. Don’t push the action off-stage or rush through it. Linger on the most tense moments of the story to maximize engagement.