Sunday, September 22, 2013

Lisa Cheng: The Ups, Downs, and Pitfalls of Pacing

Lisa Cheng, an editor with Running Press Kids, discussed pacing with MidSouth Conference attendees.

A few highlights:

There are many pitfalls with pacing.

Raise your stakes as you write.  Introduce conflicts and ask yourself how to give the conflicts meaning.  Show repercussions.

Don't end at the climax; show what happens as a result.

Chapter cuts and placement are important.  They are the basis of structure and pacing.

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