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Today, I’m going to talk about pace.

Pace is important when writing because it will determine whether the person reading your book continues to read it or puts it down. The storyline will determine how quickly or slowly the writer takes a reader through a story. For example, fiction generally has a faster pace compared to non-fiction.

Pace relies on mood and emotion which can be found in setting, dialogue, and action.

Action and cliff hangers will quicken the pace and make the reader want to keep turning the pages to see what happens next. Using short transitions in between scenes works in tandem with the action sequences to get the story moving. If big plot points happen one right after the other, the pace of the short story or novel will feel like the storyline is moving along faster.

Slowing It Down

When passages contain a lot of detail, for example, slowly establishing scenes and using longer sentences the pace will be slower than other parts of the story. Also, writing longer chapters or switching the narrative’s focus to another subplot conveys a passage of time. These elements are used to build suspense or allow the reader to catch his breath between action sequences.

Striking a Balance

The most interesting stories contain sequences that move at different speeds to keep the reader engaged. I find subplots help me do this. In The DaVinci Code, the author used chapters with dialogue about the relics the characters where seeking. After that, he used fast-paced action sequences. The chapters with a more leisurely pace kept the tension high and the story moving so the reader doesn’t become bored and want to put the book down. This is not an easy technique and takes a lot of practice.

Happy writing. Until next time, I hope that this blogpost helps.