Pacing comes down to two elements: Move and Process. Balancing the push-pull between the two takes practice, quality feedback, and then more practice (also known as writing consistently). Read on for the breakdown of these two elements and then a sweet section of different resources to help you nail pacing.
Identifying and eliminating the boring parts in a story isn't a matter of following a checklist. The key to identifying those dull areas is a matter of understanding the genre conventions of your story, judicious use of beta reader and editor feedback, and creating the most intriguing narrative, voice, and characters you can.
So you get your manuscript back from beta readers, and they pick out sentences that don't sound right, but they aren't sure why. Or you're self-editing, and you want to tackle some of the sentence corrections yourself before sending your work out for a line edit. Here are five tips to improve those sentences!
A great plot is key to a winning book. Great plots are borne of polishing that first draft through revisions and editing. Here are seven checks that you can use to make sure your plot is hitting the mark and the market!
Supporting characters are as vital as their name implies: they support your main characters and plot arcs so that everything runs smoothly (or horribly, as the case may be--disasters make good fiction). Done right, supporting characters make your protagonist look good (or bad, as the case may be) and offer a much-needed alternate perspective. This golden principle will make sure all of your supporting characters are being used effectively!