From Super Speed to Slow-Mo - Style and Pacing Use Writing Style to Control Your Story's Pace
By :iconc-a-harland: C-A-Harland and :iconilluminara: illuminara
Last time, we talked about the big things that affect the pace of your story, but now we’re going to focus on some of the smaller details the control the pace of your narrative in a bigger way than you might realize. Everything from sentence structure to dialogue influence pace on a micro level, so they’re important to consider while you’re crafting prose. This is because your writing style is the lens through with your readers experience the story. It’s the user interface design of storytelling, and you don’t want to turn people off to a great story because of bad design--instead, you want it draw them in and make their experience all the more pleasant.
Here are some ways to use the narrative elements of your writing to both speed up the pace of your story as well as t
How to Create Character ChemistryTwo characters step onto the page and begin to interact. What do they say? How do they react to each other and play off each other? How do they respond when more characters join the party? It all depends on their character chemistry.
What Is Character Chemistry?
According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, chemistry is "the complex emotional or psychological interaction between two people."
In real life, this interaction happens naturally. But in fiction, this interaction is carefully designed to create a specific emotional state between the characters. The goal of this chemical engineering is to keep readers emotionally invested in your characters all the way to the end.
Why Is Character Chemistry Important?
Character interaction is one of the main ways to create tension in your story. Tension is what makes your readers ask, "What will happen next?" and keeps them reading until the question is answered. Withou
Cliches and Why You Should Avoid ThemCliches come in many shapes and sizes - some small, some large. They can be character types, overused and often repetitive lines (if I read one more, "she let go of a breath she didn't know she was holding" I swear I will murder someone), full plot outlines and so many more I can't even name them all. In this workshop, we're going to point out some of the most overused cliches and give you ideas on how to stifle their use in your writing. As always, there will also be a brief lesson/workshop at the end for you to participate in and submit to our gallery.
We all know what these are. Please don't make me define it and don't pretend like you haven't written a stereotypical character at some point in your writing history. It happens, and sometimes it works, but most times your reader sees right through it and the character comes off flat and unlikeable. Not necessarily that they're a mean person but more a forgettable charac