Pacing with Scenes and Sequels

by Mike Klaassen

Scenes and sequels, by their nature, have a different pace. Scenes propel the story forward as the focal character attempts to achieve an objective. Scenes tend to be exciting, action-packed, fast reading. Sequels provide a breather while the character sorts out his feelings, reviews events, analyzes his situation, plans his next move, and makes a decision. Sequels tend to be emotional, thought-packed, slower reading.

The tempo difference between scenes and sequels creates an opportunity to use them in combination to set the rhythm and pace of the entire story. If you wish to accelerate the pace of your story, build up your scenes and condense (or hide) the sequels. If you wish to slow the pace of your story, do just the opposite: build up the sequels and trim the scenes.

Each of the novels I analyzed was largely constructed of scenes and sequels, even though the method of their use and the pace of each one varied considerably. The information in this book provides you with everything you need to create effective scenes and sequels. The pacing power of using scenes and sequels in combination gives you another tool to create a novel that readers have difficulty setting aside. 

This article is an adaptation of an excerpt from Scenes and Sequels: How to Write Page-Turning Fiction, by Mike Klaassen. 

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