- Dec 8, 2021
Any one have any suggestions to pace my scenes. I tend to write short and I don't describe much.
Can you give us more detail on what you mean in terms of pacy? Dynamics are important, that is to say, changing pace. I think we need more info on your query before we can help.Any one have any suggestions to pace my scenes. I tend to write short and I don't describe much.
This is just about exactly what I would have said if sknox hadn't said it first.But it sounds like what you're describing is the white room; that is, we have character in dialog and only dialog. Little to nothing about the room or other setting. Little to nothing about interior thoughts, reactions, other people, and so on. There's nothing wrong with writing that way on a first draft. You'll learn to go more slowly in the revision.
Just to add on to that, I've found that adding depth to the setting can have the secondary effect of adding depth to the characters. I believe this is in part because they are now reacting to more than just what the other guy said (or threw <g>), but also because it gets me thinking about how they would react. And it grounds me as author more thoroughly in the moment.When I was writing what turned out to be my first completed novel I could never seem to make the story long enough, so I kept adding in incidents and complications to the plot, but still I fell short. Then one day, I think it was somewhere around the second or third draft, something clicked and I suddenly learned how to write the kind of description that brings a scene to life (it was far from perfect, of course, but where there had been practically nothing but dialogue and action, out of nowhere it seemed there was suddenly a lot more). So when I started filling in all the other scenes in the same way, the whole book expanded.
I'm towards the end of a first draft and gave a small scene to my husband to read. He commented it went by quite quickly, so I went back over it, putting in more sensory details - I found this much easier than writing that way to start with. Are you writing in a first person or close third person that lets the reader into the characters' head? Sharing their thoughts can slow things down to, though as others have said, some scenes will naturally move faster than others. What sort of fantasy do you write - epic, action, urban, romance...?
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