Scenes unfold in seemingly real time, while exposition fast-forwards. Meanwhile, time passes in the story world. Each season comes with its own rituals.
The flash-back golden rule: Memories are not for reminiscing. They serve to navigate the present. Break it up in little pieces, spread it around naturally. Here’s when and how!
Show, don’t tell. Built-in past is called “exposition” and requires explanations so the reader can understand what is happening now. In its very nature, this is ‘telling’ rather than showing. Showing, on the other hand, makes use of evocative description.
How to build up suspense. Discover various methods and techniques such as: Foreshadowing, slowing the pace, upping the ante, conflict, step by step action
Controlling the pace.
Controlling the pace is an important part of storytelling. The pace should quicken when there is action and suspense, and slow down when there are moments of calm. This gives the reader a chance to[…]
As a writer you have seven tools in your tool belt that you can use to tell your story. Action, dialogue, interior monologue, interior emotion, description, flashbacks and narrative summary. Learn the differences, how and when to use it and don’t forget to vary, to avoid wearing your reader out.