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Offline BetaReaderandWriter

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Hard time pacing my novel…
« on: August 25, 2021, 04:38:41 AM »
Hello. I have an idea for a book—I’ve started it actually—but I’ve rushed the plot again so it’s at the “good” part only in the second chapter. I don’t want to stretch out the story but I want to make sure my novel doesn’t become a poem. As much as I love them. Any ideas on how to nyx this problem? Much obliged :)

Offline Nether

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Re: Hard time pacing my novel…
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2021, 02:05:24 AM »
Define "good part." If you're jumping into your conflict early, that's usually a good thing.

As for length, that depends on the nature of your plot (and potentially the number of obstacles experienced) and the number of subplots. If your plot can't carry a full-length work for whatever reason, then look at what you're doing with your subplots. If people get hooked on your subplots, you don't have to worry about your plot feeling stretched because you're keeping their attention in these other areas.



Offline LenaMvx

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Re: Hard time pacing my novel…
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2021, 12:17:32 PM »
Hi!
Can you tell me a bit more about what you mean about the "good" part? I'm generally of the opinion that a book should quickly have a hook (you want to get to the triggering event fairly quickly so it doesn't drag on), and then should healthily alternate between more speedy parts (where a lot of actions and plot movement happen), and slower ones (when you're gonna deal with info, dialogue, etc). I was really struggling and have found Prowriting Aid's tool on pacing and the Reedsy course on pacing very helpful, maybe they could help you out too?

Offline MissyCat

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Re: Hard time pacing my novel…
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2021, 08:34:13 AM »
Can you post any of it so we can see what you are talking about? What the genre is, how many words you are shooting for?

Offline kathyrnmargo

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Re: Hard time pacing my novel…
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2021, 03:02:49 PM »
I'm writing a fantasy that sort of has two protagonists - one main and one secondary, but equally important to the story. I felt like I kept rushing into the good stuff with the main, and then I realized that I hadn't really developed her character (who she truly is, her sense of being, what makes her unique). I had to deep dive into her life, and that gave me more descriptions, more dialogue to work with, that made the good stuff so much more intriguing when it finally unfolded. Maybe give some more insight to your character's background, the choices they make, why you should want to relate to them or know about their journey - sometimes I find this reveals more in the story line/plot than I thought!