“Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative,” sang Cole Porter. “Don’t mess with Mr In-Between.”
Sorry Mr Porter, but you’re wrong.
To give your story dramatic tension, you need to accentuate the positive and accentuate the negative too. And you can use story arcs like Rags to Riches and Downfall to work out how to do this out in your story.
And the rubber band? Watch this video and you’ll see what I mean.