Posted on 02/03/2021 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Plenty of writing blogs offer advice and tips on proper pacing of your novel.

Author Barbara Linn Probst has read and heeded these suggestions, but something still felt off about her work in progress.

Finally, the issue dawned on her: the number of words and scenes weren’t at issue; what was (and wasn’t) being accomplished in those scenes were to blame.

Probst has dubbed this idea “reader time” versus “narrative time” — it has everything to do with how much time the reader feels has passed, not how much time has elapsed in the novel or in real life.

She discusses reader time in depth in a post at Writer Unboxed, and be sure to check out the comments there if you find her idea compelling.

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