This is a continuation of this week's blogs about adding tension and suspense in your writing. It's a bit short today. Sorry. Or maybe that's a good thing....
Is My Voice a Little Tense?
Tension in writing can also come from your voice.
Not your speaking voice, but your writing voice, your style and your pacing.
Author Justine Larabeister has a series of posts on her blogs about how she alternates action-packed scenes/chapters with more introspective scenes.
Author William Reynolds calls it a roller coaster ride and says, “It works for pacing your writing as well as your scenes.”
I’ve talked about this before especially when I critique things. Sentence length and sound impact the reader’s experience of action and introspection.
While we’re having nice introspective wonderings about things to give the reader a break and/or a build-up we can have long, winding sentences wondering if anyone is actually reading this blog post at all and we can also natter on about it for a bit with no white space, and with long-long paragraphs.
And as Reynolds points out:
“Sentences are short.
Maybe there isn’t even time to –
Get the picture?”
Short sentences. Short paragraphs. White space. Action verbs. That's what makes it tense, baby.
Don't be tense. Don't add tension to other people's lives. Know how your presence makes other people feel.
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