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Pacing. In a Novel.

Posted on: November 23, 2009

While I have to admit I haven’t read Scott’s novel, I definitely like his writing tips. I could see them being applied to books written for younger children as well.  Read the rest of his blog entry and see his pace chart.

http://scottwesterfeld.com/blogspot

Nano Tip #13: Pace Charts

November 14th, 2009

It was only four days ago that I promised to do a multi-day post on meta-documents, but then I got distracted by Passages of Disbelief, and failed to follow up.

So now it’s time to double back and discuss another meta-doc I like to use: the pace chart!

nanotips

Now, you may ask, what in the world is a pace chart? Basically, it’s any method you use to track the ups and downs of momentum in your book, the shifts from action to conversation to tension. Like all meta-docs, a pace chart allows you to step back from the trees of your text and see the forest.

A quick note: Often when we say a novel is well paced, we mean it’s full of heart-pounding action. This is mono-dimensional rubbish thinking, of course. Well paced should mean “strikes an elegant balance between fast and slow passages.”

There are lots of ways to track pace. As Justine revealed here, I used to keep spreadsheets to track many things, including pace. But these days I use Scrivener’s corkboard feature.

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