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Pace your story: How to pace your story

May 12, 2019
Pace your story: How to pace your story

Pace your story: How to pace your story

Pacing is important to your story, think of it as a puzzle. What does a pace mean and why it’s so important?

The pace is nothing but the flow of the story.

Think of it as a song. Songs are divided into verses, choruses, and bridge. It blends together them and turn it into a song. A book needs to have a beginning, the middle, and the end. Otherwise, known as dividing the story into three acts.

Like a song, the story needs a tempo

A story can’t be fast all the time or be slow all the time as you’ll lose your reader. The story needs to have a middle ground. It needs to be timed and controlled.

Balance the act between the slow- and fast-paced scenes. Too much fast scenes will leave the reader exhausted and too many slow scenes, it drags the story and leaves the reader feeling bored.

Pace your Story: how to pace your story

After you finish the first draft, leave the story to rest for a bit it.

Write something else in the meantime, I recommend at least a month. When you feel it’s time to get back to it, read it as a reader. If you see you’re getting bored or think too fast, highlight the sections with your word processor and go back to them and edit them as a writer.

Consider the length of the sentence and paragraphs.

Since I write thrillers, I prefer the sentences to be short to add the suspense element. To check your sentence length and paragraphs, there are programs that do this for you such as prowriting aid or Grammarly.

Add more details/scenes to the slowdown the pacing.

If you feel the scenes are too fast-paced and want to add more “meat” then write more details. This can be with world building or character building, this will add more depth into the story. Don’t info dump by putting unnecessary things as that will lose your readers and the story? But write the details about your characters, so readers will know more about them or add more descriptions and the reader will familiarise themselves more with the overall scenery of the story.

If there are dragging parts, cut down these scenes to make it move along better.

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