Vikki Wakefield, the acclaimed Australian author of All I ever Wanted, cuts right to the chase in her quote above listing the elements that help her with her pacing, and they’re all elements you’ll know because you’ve probably given up a book because one of those elements is completely off.
The rhythm of a story is so important, I’m finding — no matter what you’re reading. I know I need something to urge me to continue reading, whether it’s the promise of revelations hanging over a crime fiction — and it doesn’t have to be the final reveal, crime stories are usually peppered with reveals along the way to the ending.
What drives me crazy though, is the idea that the final twist has to be IT — I’ve seen it in far too many narratives, while the rest of the book just scrapes by on mediocre along the way to the TWIST because that’s what matters.
In my head, I’m usually screaming: NO, no, it’s not what matters the most!
What do you think of narratives that just tread water in an effort to get to the high note? That is, the twist?