Not all fiction work require a quick pace. If you’re writing fiction today, though, most of the things you write will likely work better when action turns at a faster rate.
Here are a few techniques you can use to promote a quicker pace in your writing:
- Focus on action, not narrative. Use more action sequences in your story while cutting back on descriptions, character introspection and scenes where no action happens.
- Write shorter. If you want to speed up the pace, write shorter “everything” — shorter paragraphs, shorter scenes, shorter dialogues, shorter chapters. This is an especially nice technique to hold on to busy readers. Just make sure you have enough of a hook to keep them interested.
- Make your characters talk a lot. Dialogue, especially short and interesting ones, can hasten the pace of stories, provided your characters don’t go around in circles about the same subject. As always, make sure the dialogue advances either the plot or clarifies some aspect of the characters.
- Use subplots. Sustaining a single plot for a short story is fine. For longer works of fiction, though, it’s usually better to use subplots that create drama of their own, all while advancing the main storyline.