"While I live a busy life, the pace ebbs and flows." Brad Feld
Books are interesting. There are some that you blow through in a matters of hours or days and others that take a long time to read. We sometimes assume that a fast pace is important, and there is some truth to the idea that readers today are less patient, but books have different paces, almost like a heartbeat. There are times when you want to slow the pacing and give a reader a chance to catch their breath. And other times you may want the reader to linger over the page, soak it in.
This week we've collected some articles to help you consider the pacing in your book and understand how to work it.
- You can never go wrong with a post from The Writer's Digest blog. In 7 Tools For Pacing A Novel & Keeping Your Story Moving At The Right Pace, author Courtney Carpenter pulls tips from the WD book Crafting Novels and Short Stories.It's good stuff.
- In How to create strong pacing for your story, describes the pacing cycle ("in between each beat of a story, the main character typically cycles through four key stages — one representing action and three representing reaction") and uses examples to show how to create a strong pace in every scene.
- K.M. Weiland likens pacing to mind-control over your readers and explains how to achieve this in her piece, Learn how to pace your story (and mind -control your readers) in just 8 steps.
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In Eileen's Crafty Happy Hour this week they talked about film options and how they work, what 'overwriting' means, how to handle reveals in a manuscript, and how to show emotion on the page.
Crystal and the gang talked about motivation, how to get yourself going and stick with it, avoiding the "what the hell" effect when things don't go quite as planned, and The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin and how to use that info to "trick" yourself! in the Monday morning Office Hours.
And, on Wednesday afternoon, they tackled some questions about trademarked buildings - how that works and what you can do to avoid using the name of a building, also where to look it up. (Trademark Databases for Canada and USA - each country has their own). Then they switched over to working on Leslie's Wordpress website and updated several things she was wanting to change.
In the Mastermind meeting, Donna and the motivation and accountability folks shared resources to help trouble-shoot Act 3 revisions, brainstormed a book title, shared ideas to figure out the 'right' amount of plot and characters for short stories, and celebrated a lot of wins from the past week.
The Book Club met and discussed Agatha Christie's classic, Murder on the Orient Express. The general consensus is that the plot is still compelling but the story-telling is dated. Have a watch, let us know if you agree or not in the Book Club team over on RingCentral.
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~ Creative Advice Prompt ~
There are times when it feels like we're moving at one pace and the rest of our life is moving at another. Think about how events are unfolding for your character. How would they describe the pace of their life? Has it changed? Do they like it? Why or why not?
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