In this episode, Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley discuss the art of pacing. They share tips on how to take your book from slow and clunky to “streamlined, low drag and high speed”. They discuss what pacing is, examples of well paced writing and how to:
- Keep the reader interested and engaged
- Avoid clunky and unrealistic dialog
- Get more value from fewer words
- Format your page for a quick read
- Control pace through word choice and the length of sentences and paragraphs
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Suggested Readings and Viewings
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
Peter recommends The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie as an example of well paced action scenes.
The Blade Itself is the first book in Abercrombie’s The First Law series of fantasy novels.
Visit Joe Abercrombie’s home page at www.joeabercrombie.com
Clark suggests Joss Whedon’s television series Firefly for examples of well paced dialog.