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Pace and story structure: a blueprint for keeping the reader gripped


Today’s re-blog is by Roz Morris — ‘nuf said…

Nail Your Novel

seattle_bway_mambo_01I’ve had an interesting question from Josephine of the blog Muscat Tales:

Can you talk about pace? How to speed up/slow down the action/plot – and when? Is there a general blueprint for this or does the story type dictate the peaks and troughs of emotion, action and change?

There’s much to chew on here. And I think I can provide a few blueprints.

In order to answer, I’ll reorder the questions.

First, a definition. What’s pace? Put simply, it’s the speed at which the story seems to proceed in the reader’s mind. It’s the sense of whether enough is happening.
When to speed up or slow down?

This comes down to emphasis. You don’t want the pace of the story to flag. But equally, you don’t want to rip through the events at speed. Sometimes you want to take a scene slowly so the reader savours the full…

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2 responses to “Pace and story structure: a blueprint for keeping the reader gripped

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris June 29, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Thank you, once again, Mr Zoltai!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai June 29, 2017 at 2:25 am

      Well, ok; but, thank You, once again, Roz :-)

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