Pace — speeding up

July 7, 2010

When to speed up the pace:

You should pick up the pace during action scenes and scenes of high tension or high emotion.

Techniques for speeding up the pace:

  • Shorter chapters
  • Shorter scenes
  • Shorter paragraphs
  • Shorter sentences
  • Use a few sentence fragments.
  • Delete unnecessary phrases and words, including adverbs and adjectives.
  • No long introspections. Keep character thoughts short.
  • No long descriptions of setting or characters
  • Use strong, sharp verbs that sound hard or imply speed, e.g., crashed, whirled.
  • Snappy dialogue
  • End scenes and chapters with cliffhangers, at a moment of high tension.


  1. And the perfect demonstration of fast pace. *smile* You left me breathless with this post, Jae.

  2. Hehehe. Yes, I admit I reduced it to the bare essentials.

    I’ll try for a slower pace in the post about slowing pace 😉

  3. Oh… good timing *g* I am working on a faster paced scene at the moment and your post was a good reminder of what I need to do. Thanks!

    • You’re welcome. Blogging about writing serves as a good reminder for me too.

  4. Great pointers, Jae, thanks.


    • Thanks for reading and commenting, Jeanne.
      Let me know if you want me to blog about any topic in particular.

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