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 […]