#LoveOzLit: Tony Park on pacing

#LoveOzLit: Tony Park on Pacing

Make or break

Pacing really does make or break a book for me. I can’t pick what it is exactly, it can come down to information too soon or too late, or action that drags, or emotional scenes with no oomph. Insta-love is another thing that drives me nuts, because I want a love story — who doesn’t? — but I want the characters to work for it, because then I’ll believe it.

Here, Tony Park talks about Stephen King’s On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft, published in 2002, post his horrific accident and it’s amazing to think what he’s accomplished.

Be ruthless

But, back to Tony Park’s quote: to me, that speaks to writers being ruthless during their second (various) drafts, culling text as they go. I know editors are usually supposed to be the ruthless ones — and I am, but never without reason — but it’s ultimately the author who will be the best at this, but of course the trick is to bring yourself to cut the words you’ve lovingly spent hours putting to paper.

Sucks right? But, as Tony points out, it’ll speed things up!

What do you think of Tony’s quote? And King’s memoir?


  • I tend to write shorter things, so it’s hard for me to find what to edit. I need to do better at writing MORE and then cutting back. haha

    • Verushka says:

      I have a firm belief that no matter the length, there’s always something to edit… says the editor, lol! But you’re right, learning to write more is good too!

  • I don’t write, apart from papers for my classes, so I can’t exactly use the advise. I think it’s important that authors aren’t too wordy, though. It can be tiring to read a full page when what happened could have been said with two sentences.
    I hope you’re having a wonderful week, Verushka!

    • Verushka says:

      I hope your week was good too, Lexie! It’s Thursday, YAY! (bit of a week that would not end here)

      Wordy authors are boring and the thing is, readers know when they’re being too wordy and it can turn them off authors. I know I’ve been turned off when scenes could’ve been shorter and to the point, rather than pages of waffling on. Boo.

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