Posted on 11/20/2019 at 10:52 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Keeping your reader engaged and interested in your story doesn’t mean rattling off events at an auctioneer’s speed.
C.S. Lakin explains in a guest post on The Creative Penn that you need to include “beats,” or pauses, in a scene that encourage your reader to process what has just happened.
She suggests four strategies to do so:
Let your characters stop to process something.
End chapters with action.
Shorten your words, sentences, and paragraphs.
Show an expression or gesture.
Head to Joanna Penn’s blog to read more about strategies to insert beats in your fiction, to see examples of skillfully done beats, and to identify how and where to add them to your work.
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