3 Tips To Correct The Pacing In Your Novel – Part One

https://www.suecoletta.comWhat is pacing?

Pacing is the rhythm of the novel, of the chapters and scenes and paragraphs and sentences. It is also the rate at which the reader reads and the speed at which the events unfold. By using specific word choices and sentence structure– scene, sequel, chapter, novel structure– we can tap the emotions of the reader so that the reader feels what the writer wants them to feel at any given point in the story.

 

Pacing is especially important in crime writing.

Almost everything you read on the internet deals with picking up the pace, because so many new writers pace their novels too slowly. But what if you’re like me, someone who writes at break-neck speed, never giving the reader a break from the action? I know when I’m doing it too. I’m literally on the edge of my seat, feeling like I just drank 40 cups of caffeine.

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Real Life Serial Killers– What makes them tick?

The serial killer has become wildly popular in crime fiction.  Maybe they are so fascinating to us, as readers, because they are complicated creatures.  They are deliciously bad.  We, as writers, are told never to make our antagonist (bad guy) all bad, or our protagonist all good. Dr. Hannibal Lector…

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Create Tension and Suspense. Keep the reader flipping pages!

I just completed the first draft of my latest novel, the sequel to Timber Point.  The working title was Dancing In The Shadows.  However, after completing the novel I thought of a title that fits better:  Silent Betrayal. I often post about what stage I’m at in the process.  Therefore,…

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Top 5 Tips for Researching Your Fiction Novel

I write a lot of my posts according to what I am working on at the time.  Right now I am researching a subject for my sequel’s underlying plot.  I can’t reveal that subject, but it’s AWESOME!  🙂 Research is extremely time-consuming but well worth the effort.  After all, you…

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Creating Characters in Fiction

In an earlier post Character Building– Why is JUSTIFIED justified in fiction writing I wrote about character traits.  Today I’d like to delve a little deeper. Characters are the most important element of a novel.  Today I will be concentrating mainly on the protagonist, but the same development is necessary for…

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Book Two In A Series, Sequel Writing

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know that now I’m working on Mad Rush, the sequel to Timber Point.  Before I finished writing Timber Point I knew I wanted to make it into a series.  For two reasons:  I had so many ideas of how Shawny Daniels…

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Character Building– Why is JUSTIFIED justified in fiction writing

Why is Justified, the TV show, justified in fiction writing? Your characters are what your story is all about, right?  Without a character there can be no story.  So why do some writers spend lots and lots of time developing their characters, while others do not?  The simple answer is–…

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