Karen Hoover spoke to us on “Pacing”. We appreciated her willingness to share of her time and knowledge with us.
Here are some highlights from her presentation:
Pacing is one of the greatest influencers for mood in a scene and is two-fold: it’s the rate at which you guide the reader through the story and is the rhythm in which you tell that story.
Good pacing doesn’t shove you into a dark alley. Rather, it coaxes you—luring you with the promise of a pay off. To put it another way, pacing keeps you hungry without feeding you empty calories.
Through proper pacing you can create a connection and thus rapport with your readers. Your goal is to take your readers on a walk with you as the storyteller. The walk must be paced properly–going too fast causes a reader to get lost but going to slow will cause them to get bored and frustrated.
The key is taking your readers on a journey at the proper pace so that they’ll keep those pages turning.
We greatly appreciated Karen coming to share her experience and wisdom with our chapter.