I am spending a lot of time these days editing INSOMNIA. As a YA horror/suspense/dark paranormal/mocha shake, the pacing is crucial.
I thought I'd take a few minutes this week and write a couple of posts about pacing. Today, our topic is:
Why do you matter?
Much Love, Jenn
Pacing replied with the following.
Obviously, I'm going about this the wrong way. Pacing is the speed of a book. It is the rate at which the story flows and it includes things like level of tension, risk to characters, and length of chapters. For me, it ranks up at the same level as character development in importance.
Not everyone feels the same, but even though different genres will need different pacing, it's still important, whether you right hard sci-fi or chick lit.
Different books require different pacing. A romantic comedy is going to take faster pacing than an epic fantasy and slower than a thriller.
In a thriller, or suspense, you want to drag the reader (at times kicking and screaming) through the book. There are several ways to accomplish this, (some I seriously consider to be cheating) which I'm going to post about on Friday.
What kind of pacing do you strive for and why do you think it's a good fit for your genre?