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The Heart of Your Novel – Part 2

The Heart Of Your Novel Part 1 covered ways to avoid being overwhelmed by rules and formulas of fiction writing and neglect the heart of the story. Numerous elements were listed that make your novel full and better than if you ignored them. Part 2 will cover the specific building blocks that will help you […]

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

 Pixar is the animation computer studio in California that has created many successful animated movies, such as: Toy Story, Cars, Finding Nemo, among many others. The company, purchased in 2006 by Disney Studios, has produced some of the highest grossing films in the movie industry. One of the reasons for Pixar’s success is following a […]

Your Plot Drags? Fix It.

Authors don’t always realize their plot drags until they step back and take a fresh look. It’s always good to give your story a rest for a week or two, if you have time to spare, and then read with new eyes. The brilliant words can dull with time and that means authors need to […]

Transitions and Pacing

Sometimes readers of this blog ask questions that are good ones to share with everyone. This blog reader ask a question related to pacing, which was how to create effective transitions. Transitions are connected with pacing because they are used to move the character from one situation to another, and when the change doesn’t move […]

Tension and Conflict Part 5 – Methods to Create Tension

Earlier I described the difference between conflict and tension. Conflict is the action of two opposing forces. It is the butting of heads between ideas, needs, desires and wants, or it can be a single individual wanting two opposing things. What makes conflict important is the tension it creates. Tension is the emotional response to […]

Outlining #5 – Pacing Needs Planning

The screenwriting outline article I shared with you lists a fifth and final major point for creating a dynamic story—pacing. Pacing is not only important for screenwriting. It is vital for plotting a novel. I’ve stressed this before in other articles on writing, but this will be a good review. 5. Pacing needs to flow […]

Pacing Your Novel

As always, I love to hear author Randy Ingermanson share his knowledge of writing fiction and the next best thing is to read it in his Advanced Fiction Writers Ezine. Randy has granted me permission to share his article on pacing with you. Randy says:When I sold my first novel, one of the comments I […]

Pacing — Too Fast or Too Slow? Part II

Part I on Pacing–Too Fast or Too Slow covered the problem of slow pacing. Although slow pacing is common, pacing that is too fast is not usually a complaint from editors or readers, but it does happen. Too fast pacing can be a detriment to a good read. Pacing is too fast when the reader […]

Pacing — Too Fast or Too Slow? Part I

Pacing is the tempo of the story, the speed at which information is provided and the dynamics of the rising tension. It has to do with the amount of dialogued compared to narrative scenes. Pacing, then, has to do with my elements that cause it to move on it’s journey down the river of life, […]

Plotting – Pacing and How To Enhance It

Pacing and plotting go hand-in-hand, and pacing, the ebb and flow of the story, can be affected by boulders in the stream or open, smooth water. Tension is really what I’m talking about. Pacing heightens or releases the tension of the story to keep the reader engaged and alerted to the meaning behind the character’s […]