Writing Tip: Momentum

Hello everyone,

I am taking time to give out a tip to some of all of the potential authors put there.

Over the next few weeks I will giving out a series of tips to show you exactly what it takes to be a successful author. I myself have not had any major success as of yet, but have had a few minor successes at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, & through iBooks.

The first tip I will put out is Keeping Momentum.

Momentum in writing is how consistent the pacing of the book is. Consistent momentum in the way you write also helps in staying away from writer’s block.

A well orchestrated momentum will be quite consistent throughout the book. Like the best movies out there, a great book will keep you always wanting to go onto the next page.

You can have great momentum with anything you write. Pacing of a book or story that constantly shifts on a fly from fast to slow to in-between to fast to another speed is horrible momentum.

You do not want to have those rough stops and starts in your momentum of your storytelling. Instead, you want to keep the story going through smooth transitions between the different speeds of pace.

Great momentum in a book is usually well received by the public where bad momentum gets horrible reviews and is not received very well.

For example:
Bad momentum would show something like this:
Timmy runs from a firefight. He is being shot at left and right. At the wall, he walks around the corner. He fired a few shots before taking off again. (Ugh, this is bad)

But sometimes a change by add or taking out a line makes the whole difference.
Timmy runs from a firefight. He is being shot at left and right. He skids to a stop as he nears the wall before him. At the wall, he walks around the corner. He fired a few shots before taking off again.

By adding the line ‘He skids to a stop as he nears the wall before him.’ the transition in the paragraph is smoother which allows for better momentum to flow though the paragraph.

Not all scenes like this are going to be as easy to fix. Using an editor will help in the process of finding those mistakes that you, as an author, will undoubtedly miss.

Great momentum is a key to a great novel. But there are other keys out there as well which we will get to in the next few weeks.

So until next week,
See you on the flip side of the screen-DRB

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