Posted on July 7, 2021 at 1:03 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s easy to conflate pacing with plot-development speed in a novel.

Donald Maass is here (okay, he's at Writer Unboxed) to set the record straight.

He shares a few perfectly paced passages from literature to show how you can pace a scene quickly without using rapid-fire action.

Essentially, you want to keep ahead of your readers — don’t let them predict what you’re going to say before you actually say it, so that their eyes yearn to skip ahead.

Maass has more specifics on how to skip along effectively in a novel, whether it's in dialogue, exposition, or back story, at Writer Unboxed.

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