Pace your story: How to pace your story
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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. Those blended together 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

By this I mean it can’t fast all the time or 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 leave the reader exhausted and too many slow scenes it drags the story. 

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

Write something in the meantime when you feel it’s time to get back to it, I recommended at least a month. Read the story 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.

Pace your Story: how to pace your story

Consider the length of the sentence and paragraphs.

Since I write thrillers, I prefer the sentence to be short to add the suspense element to the story. 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 slow down the pacing.

If you feel the scenes are too fast-paced and want to add more “meat” by writing down more details this can be with world building or character building to 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 down the details about your characters, so the reader will know more about them or add more descriptions so the reader will familiarise themselves more with the overall scenery of the story. 

If the slow is dragging then you have the cut down these scenes to make it move along better. 

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