Welcome back to another Open Book Blog Hop!
Today’s topic is: Do you have any tips on controlling pacing in your stories? How do you manage it?
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Pacing is vital to any form of narrative. Books, video games, movies, and even music. If the pace is too fast, things are breathless, frenetic and unenjoyable for those consuming it. Similarly, if the pace is too slow then the story drags. Reading feels a real chore, like wading through molasses.
I can imagine sitting down and really plotting and planning a book out, getting the characters and scenes and action points worked out would really make the job of pacing easier. But as I’ve alluded to in the past, I’m very much a pantser. I certainly don’t work well through plotting and planning in any level of depth or detail.
I am along for the ride as my ideas flow and develop. This also means the pace is not entirely dictated by me, not in the traditional sense. So how do I control the pace? It very much comes during the editing phase. I read through my manuscript a number of times. Then I run it through Kindle’s text-to-speech service. And this really does help me. Hearing it read out at a 1x speed, I get to hear what I’ve written, not what’s in my head. This is the first time I properly experience things as a reader might. Reading it myself my mind fills in the gaps and I know what I meant something to read like. The next stage is when I pass it to my test readers. Their feedback is invaluable to me in ensuring things flow and make sense. And finally, there is the editor. My editor is vital to me in ensuring everything is as good as can be.