Acing Your Pacing if Others Say It’s Slow

Okay I’ll admit, pacing is my pet nemesis when it comes to writing. That is, making sure my story scenes move along at the right speed.

Not too fast.

Not too slow.

Just right for the scene’s intended purpose.

Now, although I lean towards racing the pacing in my work (beta readers have been known to plead for extra time to catch their breath), I know many writers have the opposite issue: their scene pace runs too slow.

And when scene pace is too slow, you run the risk of readers losing interest and putting your book down. Especially in kidlit.

So when I stumbled across this post from author, Michael Mammay, I thought I’d share it. It’s one of the best explanations I’ve read on why work reads slow – and what to do about it.

A super-quick summary: The three biggest reasons for slow pace, as Michael sees it, are:

  1. Nothing is happening
  2. There’s too much emotional distance from the POV character, and
  3. The stakes aren’t clear enough

Check his post out for the details. It’s worth a read, whether you tend to race your pace or take it slow.

And happy (well-paced) writing,


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