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Mastering Pacing in Writing

How to Master Pacing in Writing

Pacing in Writing

I draw upon my musical background as a classically-trained vocalist to contrast pacing in writing and music for my newest post for Wordserve Water Cooler. They are very similar, a fact that has helped my writing tremendously. In my post I explain the techniques that have more than once caused readers of my books, DawnSinger and Wayfarer to read them in a single sitting, as they have mentioned in reviews like this one:

What a fascinating story and adventure. DawnSinger by Janalyn Voigt kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I read it. Its fast paced action and evolving storyline made it hard to put the book down.  Larry B. Gray Read the whole review.

Here’s a lead-in to the post where I share my fiction pacing techniques:

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Pacing in Writing

When I was a child, a piano teacher let me play to my heart’s content without worrying about such details as tempo and timing. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the best approach, which may be why those lessons were short-lived. It wasn’t until adulthood, when I studied vocal music, that I learned to pace myself.

Pacing, whether in music or writing, is one of the methods by which we organize the creative flow. Order prevents these creative expressions from falling flat and helps improve their impact.

What is Story Pacing?

It took me a while to understand the concept of pacing in fiction, but relating it to what I already knew about music made it easier. Basically, two elements of pacing work together within a story.

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I’m Janalyn Voigt, an author, speaker, and former social media mentor. DawnSinger and Wayfarer, the first two books in my epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, released with Pelican Book Group and will be followed by at least two more installments. I’m also working on a romantic suspense novel set in an Irish castle, but then historical fiction has a grip on me too. Being unabashedly multi-genre makes me into what some might term a reluctant rebel, but I prefer to think of myself as a storyteller.

2 thoughts on “How to Master Pacing in Writing”

  1. Janalyn, thanks again and again for your thought-provoking and helpful articles. The one on pacing I just finished reading was an absolute gift. At the end of my book, finally, I’ve been editing from stacks of editing information, some from you along the way. Because my book is pretty much finished, I was going to skip this and work on selecting a professional editor (I feel is very important) among the list I’ve collected. But first, I thought I might get a morsel from ‘Pacing’ I had not addressed. I’m so glad I checked it out. Two things I am changing just make more sense now. You’re the best!

    Thanks again, Gippy

    1. You are very sweet, Gippy, to let me know! I’m so glad you’re receiving value from my posts. I’m thrilled to be able to shortcut the learning process for other writers, wherever I can. Best wishes on your upcoming book!

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