Bad Pacing as A Content Issue: And How to Fix It

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

Today’s topic is pacing your fiction, and editing bad pacing.

There are two main points I want to make about pacing:

  • You will never be able to truly judge your pacing. No author can. You’ll notice obvious issues, but there is a strong chance that the “boring” sections in your novel will interest you. (You wrote them for a reason.) The answer? Appeal to beta readers and editors.
  • I’ve talked a lot about content edits lately, and pacing issues (so I’ve discovered) are generally content edits in the making.

That second point isn’t particularly profound, but I think keeping in mind that pacing problems are content problems helps a writer keep a solid handle on the editing process.

Pacing problems can result from various issues.

  • You might be drawing things out too much (You have too much content and need to make cuts.)
  • You might be rushing the plot in…

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