Free Offer: Do you need help with pacing?

Fiction-Zone: Leaps in Fiction Mastery by Diane Holmes

We’ve been talking about pacing for a few months now, and it’s time to get our hands dirty. 

get your hands dirty

Let’s put the pacing techniques we’ve learned so far into practice.

As you’ll recall, my definition of pacing goes like this:

Fresh &


Stuff that Matters (consequences and emotions)

Happening in Real Time (even if it’s just learning about something)

That Causes Immediate Reaction

With an Unknown Outcome

That Changes the Game

For at Least One Character

And the Reader.

Enter to Win

Add a comment to this post and tell me why you’d like to work 1-on-1 with me to improve the pacing in your writing. 

Be creative. 

Woo me.

Entertain me.

Convince me your pacing is keeping you from being brilliantly published.

I’ll choose one writer who will send me 5 problem pages, and we’ll work to make it better.  Then we’ll feature the transformation in an upcoming post.

Yes, this will take a little bravery. 

But you could transform your understanding of how pacing works.  And that, my friend, is worth a million smackers.

This article is the 7th in Diane’s craft-of-fiction-writing series on Pacing:

  1. How to Be a Pacing Genius
  2. Pacing and the Thirst for Something Fresh (Blood Optional)
  3. You Can’t Look Away: Pacing & The Riveting Story
  4. Shot Through the Heart: Threat, Consequences, and Emotions Equal Pacing
  5. BONUS: Don’t Hold Back – Pacing Advice by Literary Agent Donald Maass
  6. BONUS: Using Major Turning Points – Pacing Advice by Christopher Vogler
  8. The “Oh, Crap!” Factor: Pacing in Real Time
  9. Bam! Pow! Wham! Good Pacing Causes Immediate Reaction
  10. Situation Critical: Pacing’s Need for an Unknown Outcome
  11. Game Changers: Pacing, Plot Twits, and Reader Engagement
  12. Pacing that Matters: It All Comes Down to Characters
  13. Your True Opponent: Pacing’s Race to Outwit the Reader
  14. 9 Pacing Techniques, 1 Scene on Fire

Diane Holmes Crop 1Diane writes two alternating columns for Freelance-Zone:Fiction-Zone: Leaps in Fiction Mastery and Marketing-Zone:Marketing-Zone: Marketing Yourself and Your Book.

She’s the Founder and Chief Alchemist of Pitch University – “Learn to pitch your book from the AGENTS and EDITORS who make their living at it. Learn. Pitch. Sell.”

7 thoughts on “Free Offer: Do you need help with pacing?”

  1. Yes! I need help! I’ve had nibbles on my novel, but the feedback I’ve received from agents is that the pacing is “leisurely.” I am one of those people who runs out of time when leaving phone messages. Apparently, this is not a good thing, in terms of phone etiquette or novel pacing.

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