Controlling the Element of Time in Your Novel – by C.S. Lakin…

on Live Write Thrive:

Time is a slippery thing. And because of that, it poses an intriguing challenge for fiction writers.

We need to control the pacing in our stories, and one great way to do that is to manipulate time.

There are various techniques writers use to do this when it comes to “speed.” We can create beats or pauses by having action come to a halt and our characters noticing normally ignored things around them: a shift in the weather, a ticking clock, a bird circling.

We infuse beats when we want our character and our reader to process something. (This is all part of the action-reaction cycle that is so crucial to understand). Scene and chapter breaks also gives readers opportunity to take a breath and process.

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2 thoughts on “Controlling the Element of Time in Your Novel – by C.S. Lakin…

  1. I constantly ask myself “Can they get there in that time?” and try to keep a running tab on hours/days in my margins. I had to calculate average walking pace to make sure the characters were not slugs or super human.
    If you are in doubt, make them have a nap or throw in a chapter break!

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