Pacing

7 Ways To Create Suspense In Your Memoir

7 Ways To Create Suspense In Your Memoir

[This excerpt is from our Secrets of a Memoirist course.] "Memoir... may look like a casual and even random calling up of bygone events. It’s not; it’s a deliberate construction." ~William Zinsser Even Memoirs Need Suspense Suspense is not conflict. Suspense means keeping readers on the…
10 Cliffhangers That Make Readers Turn The Page

10 Cliffhangers That Make Readers Turn The Page

Writers Write is your one-stop resource for writers. In this post, we have put together 10 cliffhangers you can use in your writing to get readers to turn the page. Have you read a book you feel compelled to carry on reading? You know the…
13 Ways To Change Pace When You Write

13 Ways To Change Pace When You Write

It’s All About The Pace Sundays are glorious. Downy duvet hugs give way to gentle lazy, picnic lunches, big smiles and enthusiastic conversations. Our children kick off their shoes and take flight, giving their town limbs over to country trees and grassy slopes. Oversized glasses…
The 7 Critical Elements Of A Great Book

The 7 Critical Elements Of A Great Book

Writers Write is your one-stop writing resource. In this post, I will explain the seven critical elements of a great book. What are the elements of a great book? I used to do manuscript appraisals when I taught creative writing. I would never have been…
Turning The Screw - Build Tension From Scene To Scene

Write Your Novel In A Year – Week 19: Turning The Screw

Welcome to week 19 of Anthony's series that aims to help you write a novel in a year. Read last week's post here. Goal setting Continue writing the scenes of your novel.  Breaking it down Building tension from scene to scene If you’re writing a thriller, you need…
Expect The Unexpected - Writers Write

Write Your Novel In A Year – Week 17: Expect The Unexpected

Welcome to week 17 of Anthony's series that aims to help you write a novel in a year. Read last week's post here. Goal setting Continue writing your scenes. Look for opportunities for cliff-hangers. Identify character quirks for your main characters. Breaking it down Looking for the unexpected…
3 Incredibly Useful Ways To Use Pacing In Dialogue

3 Incredibly Useful Ways To Use Pacing In Dialogue

Pacing in dialogue is like fuel-injection for your writing. Have you ever noticed how you start reading quicker when you get to dialogue in a story?  It’s a great way of showing and not telling — and allows your characters to ‘act’ out a scene.…
5 Tips To Help You Write A Gripping Read

5 Tips To Help You Write A Gripping Read

A Tense Situation I have just finished reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I read it compulsively - in coffee shops, in the car, at my desk and in bed. I had to know what happened next. The novel is not a thriller. It is…
How To Use Music To Improve Your Pacing

How To Use Music To Improve Your Pacing

Music In Writing: Part One – Pacing Plan the soundtrack to your book There are times when I need loud music to write. There are times when I need absolute silence. There are times when I sing aloud and bop in my chair - it…
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