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I think of pacing in my writing somewhat similar to tempo in music. I used to play the flute, clarinet and piano. While playing the piano, I learned about tempo and depending on the music, you would slow down, speed up, play softly or loud, hold a note long or short, that creates emotion and feeling into the song being played.
Well, I feel doing this with writing is not that far from the same if used as a technique. If you have a lot of action going on, you shorten your sentences and are more quick to the point. In scenes where you are layering details and building up characterization, these tend to be more detailed and visual. So there's a bit more written in the sentence.
So, depending on your story, you can add tempo to your writing effectively.
Here are some helpful articles on how to use pacing in your novel:
Interview Q/A with Anika Arrington Tell us a little
about yourself and your background? I
moved to Arizona when I was 4, and I’ve been here ever since. I’m married to
the best guy ever! I just gave birth to my sixth child, and he is just
scrumptious. I’m a huge believer in self-education and life long learning, so I
read all kinds of non-fiction as well as fiction. I studied at Northern Arizona
University for three years: political science, communications, and creative
writing. Obviously only one of those really stuck. Give us an insight
into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? That’s actually kind of a tricky question. Not because
Rezdin isn’t special (he’s a wizard for crying out loud), but because he isn’t
riveting in the way so many main characters are these days. He’s dry and witty,
he’s naturally an introvert in a world where the extroverts get the praise and
the glory (nothing we writer’s can relate to, right?), and in the end he’s just
a good guy who lost…