When you are able to con­trol the pace of your sto­ry, you’ve mas­tered one of the more impor­tant skills in writ­ing. Use pac­ing to set up key moments, ratch­et up the inten­si­ty, and improve your sto­ry­telling. Pac­ing in writ­ing refers to the rate at which your sto­ry pro­gress­es. Your job as a writer – in fic­tion or non­fic­tion – is to move the sto­ry along and main­tain your audience’s atten­tion. It’s impor­tant not to go too fast, and you cer­tain­ly don’t want to go so slow that you lose a reader’s inter­est. When you are able to con­trol the pace of your sto­ry, you’ve mas­tered one of the more impor­tant skills in writ­ing. Keep the fol­low­ing lessons in mind when you write, and you’ll be an expert at pac­ing in no time. 1. Length con­trols speed Terse sen­tences, snap­py dia­logue, and short scenes and chap­ters all con­tribute to a feel­ing of inten­si­ty and speed. This is one easy way to con­trol your pac­ing. As your sto­ry nears the tense scenes, make it a point to con­dense every­thing. Lim­it the length of your scenes (a gen­er­al word count might be 500 – 800 words), cut your scenes short at impor­tant moments, or […]