Controlling pace: different modes of storytelling (tip 44) Reply

In this video we identify four possible relationships between narrative time and story time. You will probably use them all, and how wisely you move between them will in part determine the strength of your writing. As an example, we look at how Zoe Heller paces Barbara’s first encounter with Sheba in Notes on a Scandal.

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Story time versus narrative time (tip 43) Reply

Time in life is inflexible – if you’re stuck in a traffic jam, there’s no way to fast forward to the excitement of your destination. But in writing, time is infinitely malleable. Good writers are able to vary the relationship between narrative time and story time to highlight key incidents.

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