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I do so much of this just on instinct, it’s sort of like a storyteller child that’s like how can I keep this exciting, how can I make this worse.
The topic of this week’s show comes from David, who who asks:
Hi, Taylor – there’s this thing some authors do (you included) where they’ll ramp up the action over the course of a few chapters, only to bring the reader back down a little before doing it again. Is there a term for this? Do you have related tips for your podcast writer-listeners, like how to manage this kind of practice without overdoing it?
You’ve also mentioned adjusting dialog for cadence in the past. Do you have before and after examples to give us an idea?
In show show we address both questions with a sidebar into last week’s Super Bowl, which (not) surprisingly Steve loved and Taylor didn’t watch.
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Pacing is what we used to call rising and falling action. There’s really no need to know this since it’s used in all good storytelling so it becomes as instinctive as beginning, middle, and end.