To skip ahead a bit, I listened to Episode 10: Pacing of the Writing Excuses podcast. Pacing is a big deal to me, ’cause I’m writing a couple stories that update every day — Rumors of War and “To Catch A Goat” really have to be interesting as often as possible, which should be every day. Realistically, I know it isn’t as interesting as it could be, and I’m working on that all the time.

I see a story’s scale and its pacing as being linked. The time it takes to tell a story, how “big” the story is, and what happens along the way are all connected, as I see them, and I try to find ways to show them in different parts of my writing — mostly in the genre I tend to stick to — Dark Fantasy/Heroic Fantasy. I can write fantastic things … that isn’t a problem for me at all. What I strive for is context.

I want everything the heroes do to have a believable context. I want what they do in their daily lives to reflect what they do for their jobs, as professional risk-takers and trouble-shooters. (You see trouble, and you shoot it.) As I mentioned at least once before, I’m of the mind that I’m psyching myself up for the task of writing a novel. The daily writing is one way of working towards that goal.

Being able to put regularly and reliably put myself in the minds of the characters, being able to do it on command, being able to write as close to what I want the finished product to be (before revising it five thousand times to get it right), and figuring out the most interesting thing happening to the characters at a given time are part and parcel. Hm, I don’t think I’m explaining it well at all.

Things happen to the characters all the time, right? But we don’t always see what’s happening. You want to show the readers the most interesting thing that’s happening at a given time, but sometimes you don’t, ’cause you want to build mystery. What you show them instead should still be interesting, though, and the time you want to make sure your reader is hooked, and wants to keep reading.

You want your characters to be believable and relatable, which can sometimes mean showing them during less interesting moments, which can in turn make the characters themselves more interesting. No, I think I’ve gone off track again. Hmph.