” The truth is, you have about three paragraphs in a short story, three pages in a novel, to capture that editor’s attention enough for her to finish your story. “


” As a writer, you must know what promise your story or novel makes. Your reader will know. “


” If you’re writing a thriller, mystery, Western or adventure-driven book, you’d better keep things moving rapidly for the reader. Quick pacing is vital in certain genres. It hooks readers, creates tension, deepens the drama, and speeds things along. “


” Pace, like everything else in writing, involves a trade-off. If you’re not offering the reader a lot of action to keep her interested, you must offer something else in its stead. Slow pace is ideal for complex character development, detailed description, and nuances of style. “


” If you consistently write ‘The sun set’ rather than ‘The sun sank slowly in the bright western sky,’ your story will move three times as fast. Of course, there are times you want the longer version for atmosphere – but not many. Wordiness not only kills pace, it bores readers. “


” How many times have you opened a book, read the first few sentences and made a snap decision about whether to buy it? When it’s your book that’s coming under this casual-but-critical scrutiny, you want the reader to be instantly hooked. The way to accomplish this is to create compelling opening sentences. “


” Questions that require answers are what keep readers going – and the place to start raising those questions is with your very first sentence. “


” You have considerable choice in how you end your fiction. For all stories, the basic rule is the same: Choose the type of ending that best suits what’s gone before. “


” In one sense, every character you create will be yourself. You’ve never murdered, but your murderer’s rage will be drawn from memories of your own extreme anger. Your love scenes will contain hints of your own past kisses and sweet moments. “


” Should you create a protagonist based directly on yourself? The problem with this – and it is a very large problem – is that almost no one can view himself objectively on the page. As the writer, you’re too close to your own complicated makeup. “


” You do not have to dramatize everything. In fact, you usually can’t, not without ending up with a half-million-word novel. “



All 11 Nancy Kress Quotes about You in picture


The truth is, you have about three paragraphs in a short story, three pages in a novel, to capture that editor
As a writer, you must know what promise your story or novel makes. Your reader will know.
If you
Pace, like everything else in writing, involves a trade-off. If you
If you consistently write
How many times have you opened a book, read the first few sentences and made a snap decision about whether to buy it? When it
Questions that require answers are what keep readers going - and the place to start raising those questions is with your very first sentence.
You have considerable choice in how you end your fiction. For all stories, the basic rule is the same: Choose the type of ending that best suits what
In one sense, every character you create will be yourself. You
Should you create a protagonist based directly on yourself? The problem with this - and it is a very large problem - is that almost no one can view himself objectively on the page. As the writer, you
You do not have to dramatize everything. In fact, you usually can

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