Am I the only writer that has a hard time with pacing? Pacing is rhythm. It's like the rhythm in a song, only this rhythm is in your book. Things move at a certain speed and hopefully the reader can feel the rhythm or pacing in your book. If things are moving too slow, speed them up. My problem is, I'm always moving things too fast. I need for my characters to slow down a bit. Not too much, mind you. Just enough. I want to master pacing, but how can I master something that I can't even explain? I know it's critical. I understand that it's got to do with anything in your novel. Not just conflict. Am I right?
Every great book has great tension. Every great book is perfectly paced I'm talking about all those books that you just can't put down. I figure if these writers of all the great books learned pacing, then I probably need to understand it too.
When I'm writing, and especially when I'm revising, if I see a particular spot where things don't seem to be moving at all, I know I've got to create some sort of discord or something to get that thing moving faster. Readers long for surprise. They want and need the unexpected. I want to give it to them. So what am I doing about this? I'm trying to read great novels and I am going to search out the moments of tension. Then I'm going to think about how the author plays with that tension to create the perfectly paced book. :)
So am I the only writer that has a hard time with this? :)