…Authors… a coupla thoughts on the intangible thing called ‘pace’ in yer writing…

…let’s get one thing understood from the outset… well, two things really… first of all, I’m not a guru on this stuff… this is just an ol’ Jurassic scribbler’s opinion… secondly, the WURD ‘pace’ doesn’t necessarily mean ’speed’, especially in the context of yer writing… we all know there are tons of different JONGRRs yeez can scribble in… from romantic, historical, YA, crime, biographical, sports… whatever… some types lend themselves more readily to prosaic lengthy descriptive narrative… others, punchy, compact, hurl-yeez-to-the-last-paragraph stuff… all are legitimate… and each attracts its own ‘pace’… but I think it’s important for an Author to understand which ‘pace’ best suits his or her own chosen niche… fr’example, I write crime thrillers loaded with action sequences… and the length of each novel (the notorious WURD-count nonsense) rarely exceeds 70,000 WURDS

bb…I learned early in this quill-scraping gig, that most times, less is better than more… ask any editor worth their red-pencil sharpener… a coupla things develop from this (this is the bit I want yeez to note, Lads and Lassies of Blog land, so listen up)… if yeez find ‘slow’ passages in yer book where yeez want it to hurry up and get to the ‘interesting’ bits, then the bit ye’re reading should be taken out… simple as that… what’s left is tight, hopefully absorbing writing… and it lends proper ‘pace’, tempting yer readers on to the next piece…


…my dear friend and fabulous author of the Victorian crime novels ‘Diamonds & Dust’ and ‘Honour & Obey’, Carol J. Hedges explains that she writes not in chapters, but in episodes… how wonderfully put… we read in episodes, whether yeez put a chapter heading to it or not… and it’s a great ROOL of thumb when yeez write as well… instead of ‘watch this space’, think, ‘watch this pace’… see yeez later…  LUV YEEZ!



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14 responses to “…Authors… a coupla thoughts on the intangible thing called ‘pace’ in yer writing…

  1. April

    That is why Scrivener is so good. Because you write in scenes, which means you can swop them around very easily to make the rise and fall balanced. I can’t cope with the snobbery against genres from those lofty writers whose only aim seems to be reducing the reader to WTF. I remember snarling at the radio years ago when the composer Harrison Birtwhistle said only people who listened to his music with both their ears would understand it. My response was if it sounds like sh*t, it probably is sh*t. Same with books.

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  2. Rosa Ave Fénix

    My opinion is not from an writer (I wish), just a reader and I think if the author of the book (guessing he/she if sometimes you leave out some words of the novel, you can get lost wirh the subject of the book, Sometimes I do it and then I HAVE TO READ IT AGAIN as I’ve lost the thread.
    I hope you understand it, remember I’m Spanish….


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  3. The occasional lack of verbosity contributes substantially to the ongoing dialogue and machinations occurring in the authors tragic tale.:-)
    In other words, Keep It Simple Stupid! (KISS)

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    • ..unlike Mister Willam Gladstone, erstwhile Prime Minister of the UK, of whom Benjamin Disraeli once said he was “A sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself.’….:):)

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  4. Oh yes, that clever juggling act between boring the reader senseless with endless explanations (reading for the hard of thinking) and the whirlwind narrative that resembles an “adult movie” – the plot is only there to get you to the scenes the author LIKES writing.

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  5. Your author friend Carol J Hedges makes a very good point. As a mystery writer, episodes or scenes seem to flow better for me. And I don’t think my readers really want to know all about flora and fauna surrounding bodies.

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  6. You’re right it depends on the genre (I assume you’d expect more detail in a historical novel) but I prefer to imagine things than very lengthy descriptions for sure. I remember reading a romantic novel where I knew what every piece of furniture and clothing looked like and… well, I would have made it much shorter.


  7. When I write something, I decide if it bores me, it’ll bore the reader also, and I change it. We all know when something is boring. I try to think with a reader’s mind disregarding the fact I wrote it. I try to be objective. I’ve thrown out many of my own words. To me, they’re just tools, and I keep myself from getting emotionally attached.


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