Status: Reading right now. Chutney is curled up in a blanket that she spent 10 minutes fluffing.
What’s Playing on the XM or iPod right now? DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER by Paul Young
For the last two nights, I’ve been reading a full manuscript that I requested. I really like the writing and the concept is super cool but for over 100 pages, the story hasn’t gone anywhere (or I should amend that—it’s going somewhere but moving slowly).
So definitely a pacing issue.
Yet, I’m still reading. I know I’m probably going to have to pass but I so want to be able to tell the writer why and how they might revise. But pacing is THE hardest writing mechanic to explain when it’s not working. If I point to an individual scene, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the writing except the scene is not doing enough in terms of building the tension or revealing another hint to the over-arching story that is unfolding.
In other words, there is no easy fix where I can say “do xyz” and you’ll transform the story.