Want to write a book that will excite an editor? Want to make your reader need to turn the page? There isn’t a secret handshake, but there are concrete tricks you can use to improve your writing today.
Pacing isn’t about how fast or slow a story’s action unfolds. Pacing is about making the reader need to find out what happens next. Identify the four things that compel a reader to turn the page. Explore concrete writing techniques that use those four principles. Apply those techniques to the sentence, the paragraph, the scene, the sequence, the dramatic act and the complete story, and create the urgency readers respond to and editors buy.