Use shorter sentences to increase pace Pacing in writing depends on: It needs to be sufficient for the length of the story and for the type of story events that preceded it. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
I just dived back into the riptide of saving bees. Stories without these normal actions can seem empty or unreal; stories overburdened with such actions are tedious. And your readers need action too. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in.
As you can see, this passage is very effective without a bunch of narrative bogging down the moment. Make something happen, whether that means a major event, an event that steers the plot, or an action that shows characters interacting with one another or their setting. Yet creating chains of dramatic events with potentially dire outcomes is the key to engrossing, fast-paced action.
Style[ edit ] Style includes the multitude of choices fiction writers make, consciously or not, in the process of writing a story. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Plot events should change your characters and maybe your readers.
It encompasses not only the big-picture, strategic choices such as point of view and choice of narratorbut also tactical choices of grammar, punctuation, word usage, sentence and paragraph length and structure, tone, the use of imagery, chapter selection, titles, etc.
My most important rule is one that sums up the Not ones that matter. Create unexpected consequences for the protagonist to heighten the drama. Keep in mind that characters, like real people, do more than think and experience emotion. Plot also has a mid-level structure: It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.
Genre fiction also known as popular fiction, is plot-driven fictional works written with the intent of fitting into a specific literary genrein order to appeal to readers and fans already familiar with that genre. If not, cut it out — or move it to another place in your story.
All stories have chains of greater and lesser length of cause and effect. The stories are well-crafted in terms of the mechanics, so it seems the writers were so involved in the technical issues that they forgot the elements that interest readers.
These two intertwined events are often the most memorable events in fiction. I shrugged my shoulder up and took the punch on it. I still blush when I come across it. The action must propel your story forward and have consequences for your characters, whether immediately or down the road.
Bad writing is contagious.
And his story is off to a strong start. They definitely should not be noticing the window displays as they chase a murder suspect down a crowded city street. Up until that time, the author had woven dialogue, narrative and action into a nicely balanced scene, but it was time to speed things up.
I now think it should be done only in private, like any other lavatorial activity. Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it before you give it to anyone in the publishing business. Narrator[ edit ] The narrator is the story teller.
Amerigo Bonasera against all his will, against all his years of training and experience, let out a gasp of horror. For writers, there are many, many, many considerations that produce a satisfying and complex plot.
Pain shot through his head. You watch that mouth of yours, young lady.Plot in fiction is the story line. For writers, plot is story events and everything that goes into creating those events. Others may require more of your attention while you’re writing, and still others you may not be able to work on until the first draft is complete.
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Fiction writing is the composition of non-factual prose texts. Fictional writing often is produced as a story meant to entertain or convey an author's point of view. Plot consists of action and reaction, also referred to as stimulus and response and has a beginning, a middle, and an ending.
Action writing moves the reader along at a fast pace and uses a lot of active verbs with very little description. Learn how to use it in fiction. Action scenes serve the same function in your fiction, but they need not be over-the-top to be effective.
A surprise phone call, an unexpected visit, or an ill-timed delay will force your character to respond quickly (rather than reflect), and allows you to advance the plot without miring it in long descriptive passages and explanations.Download