Tips For Better Fiction Writing: The Pause.

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I’m writing a book series called Tips For Better Fiction Writing, in which I tackle all the rookie mistakes new writers make.

And hey, I made them, too.

Which is why I’m helping you not make them.

Until the next book in the series comes out, you’ll see these gems here on the blog.


Clarisse paused, leaning back in her chair. “Yes, I think you’re the right one for this job.”

Paused.

Hmm…

Try not to write that someone paused.

Instead, write briefly about what happens during the pause.

That will create the pause for the reader.

Clarisse leaned back, eyeing the massive painting on the wall. A barrage of green and blue oil colors filled an enormous frame, with random dots of yellow throughout. A kind of modern art masterpiece of some sort.

She turned to me, nodding and smiling. “Yes, I think you’re the right one for this job.”

Think about what you’d see if you were there – and write that.

A is for Action 12 FINALYou can do this stuff.

Wanna get personalized tips like this for your story and take it to the next level? Check out my Private Critique Group.

What’s YOUR revision process like?

There are lots of helpful things I have picked up along the way, and I’m happy to share them with you here on the blog or occasionally picking a topic that requires a deeper dive. We aren’t born with a pen in our hand. We learn this stuff. And If I can do it, you can do it.

Get A Is For Action today for 99 cents, part of Dan Alatorre’s Tips For Better Fiction Writing series.

7 thoughts on “Tips For Better Fiction Writing: The Pause.

  1. I found over twenty times my characters paused for whatever reason. I was surprised how much better my prose sounded after I edited those out and created the pause with action. I never realized how I was telling instead of showing when I used the word pause.

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