Pacing your Scenes – Negative and Positive

Pacing a plot line can be challenging, but it enhances the way people read your story. To control your pacing, you have to monitor your scene transitions.

The best way to control how you transition, from one chapter to the next or between scenes, is to keep the reader guessing. Create tension for the character. Never force a character to experience the same emotion or situation for too long.

Never end where you start

If your chapter begins with the character experiencing a positive emotion, you should end the chapter with conflict. If the chapter begins with your character in a poop storm, show them some Febreze towards the end.

This isn’t a rule. It’s a guideline, so you don’t have to follow it. This guide helps you refrain from writing a depressing story where the character never sees any light, and your reader wants to vomit at the end. Plenty of books break this cycle and they sell way more than I ever will, but this is a great way to learn how to control your reader. Hashbrown inception.

The best thing that you can do is pay attention to your pacing. As long as you are in control, you’re solid.

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