Friday, July 22, 2011


Pacing is the alternation of action/tension bits (scenes) and non-action/tension bits (sequels).

Different stories and different audiences may require different kinds of pacing.  Some rules of thumb:

1. Alternate scene and sequel.

2. Successive scenes should have bigger action or tension than the preceding ones.

3. Near the end of your book, at the climax, you can run several really big scenes together with no sequel.

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