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The Pace of Writing VS. The Pace of Reading

Sometimes I’ll be writing a specific scene, and it is like the words can’t come out fast enough.

It is this super tense, oh-my-goodness-wow!, action packed, this is super full on, moment and meanwhile I am at my keyboard going… tap.


tap. tap.


And inside I am thinking, ‘AH! This needs to be faster! More intense! I’m writing it soooooo slowly!’

This was basically me this morning. I was scripting this climax piece of a storyline and inside I was jumping up and down but I just couldn’t seem to get the words out fast enough.

And when I did, they had so much ground to cover I didn’t feel like I was able to convey the dynamics of the moment in conjunction to the intensity of the moment.

Then I had this really, really profound thought.

The pace in which I write this book will not be the pace in which it is read.

Literally, while writing takes longer and inside you’re jumping up and down with excitement, and you’re having to describe (often briefly) the goings on that are going on, when a reader gets to it they will plough through that moment like a speed demon.

Basically what I am saying is yes, you feel like it is taking ages writing it, but when someone reads the piece, it will be unlikely they feel it is dragging.

When we write, we have the ability to suspend our characters in reality, take time to describe pieces of information that add to the tension of the piece, that add to the vividness of the writing, painting a clear and wonderful drama in the minds of readers.

We are the masters of our reality, it doesn’t need to be real time, otherwise I swear books would be like…

BANG BANG! CRASH. I am running. He is running. BANG BANG! Smoke, lots of smoke, running.

Get what I’m saying?

So don’t stress if you feel you’re writing is slow or that you are taking too much time painting the scene. Finish the piece, come back, re-read.

Reading will be the true test of the pace.




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