How to pace a story so that it hooks the reader

Pacing the story is something I heard of before. I never paid much attention to it. This is a very informative post on the subject. -John

Nail Your Novel

2550606_3285dbc56f_z‘Tell me about pace,’ said one of the panellists in my video interview at John Rakestraw’s. If we hadn’t had a time limit I’d still be talking now.

A well-paced story is like an act of hypnosis. It has a travelling beat that takes control of the reader’s attention. It proceeds at just the right speed to trap the reader a little longer, urge them to turn another page.

How is it done?

With constant development and change.

You might assume pace is only a concern in fast-moving plots, such as thrillers. Not so. Every story will benefit if it is written with an awareness of pace; even a leisurely character journey.

Indeed, pace is a fundamental in most dynamic artforms – not just storytelling.

Video and music

If you’re making a video, you want to change something every 15 seconds. The change might be subtle, such as fading…

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Ask Correia 14: How to be a Professional Author

Great stuff. Ok. I admit it. I am a wannabe writer. I haven’t put much down on paper/computer screen for over ten years. I was reading William Bernhardt?’s red sneaker book on writing (cannot remember which one), but he said to commit to writing like it is a job. It is a job. Schedule it like a job. Show up on time and do the work. I haven’t been doing the work lately and it shows as I have nothing to show for it. I did write a 50,000 word monstrosity last year for nano. I had some good feedback on it. The rest of those I showed it to have been silent. I need to go back look at it. Edit it, check for things I don’t know it needed at the time. Hammer and forge it into something that might be good or it might not. Hell, I can always say, “I built this!” and be proud of that fact. – John

Monster Hunter Nation

This post is a result of a couple different questions that have popped up, and it is also related to that interview I did with Eric James Stone that was posted a few days ago. I got into a discussion on the comments there, ended up typing a bunch, and figured I might as well turn it into a blog post.

This one is aimed at the aspiring authors or the new authors who want to make a living at being a professional author. This isn’t aimed at hobbyists or people who want to be college lecturers who write an award winning book once a decade. If that’s your thing, awesome. Good for you.

Compared to many authors, I’ve really not been doing this for that long. My first self published novel came out in ’08, was picked up and professionally released by Baen in ’09, and my 10th

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A New Writing Resource

Just the other month, I picked up a book on Amazon called The Emotion Thesaurus. I haven’t taken the time to look through it, but it was inexpensive so I had to have it. Also some of the other books I recently got said I need to bring out the emotion in the reader. Another plus for getting this book.

Anyways, I just cracked open this book and found out that the authors have a website:

The site is for helping writers in their descriptive endeavors. Something new that I don’t think I have much of on my bookshelf. Whether it is physical or electronic.


Just going to put it in my bookmarks for now. Must resist temptation to sit there for a few hours or so.