July 6, 2010

What is pace?

Pace is how fast the reader turns the pages.

Passages of description or introspection are usually examples of slow pace. Action scenes or passages of back-and-forth dialogue are examples for fast pace.

What’s the right pace?

There is no pace that is right for every book or every scene. Some genres tend to have fast-paced books, e.g., thrillers, while most romance novels have a slower pace.

The pace shouldn’t be fast throughout the whole book, otherwise it becomes monotonous and the scenes that you want to stun readers won’t stand out anymore. Every novel needs peaks of high tension and valleys with a slower pace, where readers can catch their breath.

More on pace and how to control it soon.


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