Your pacing, is it too fast or too slow?
Complications is a TV series on USA Networks.
When I started watching, I found the show intriguing and fast paced tension. The story is about Dr. John Ellison, a disillusioned ER doctor. He intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy’s life and killing one of the attackers.
After a few weeks, I was exhausted.
The word complications, is defined as “a difficult or confused state caused by many interrelated factors.” That describes the show in a nut-shell. Every action taken by the main character results in a compounding reaction beyond his control.
After non-stop tension I couldn’t take it anymore. I felt as if I were trying to outrun a bunch of race cars.
There was no down time for Dr. Ellison (main character) or his sidekick. So, I quit watching. Not because the writing or acting wasn’t great, but because I needed breathing space to take in what was happening.
This got me to thinking more about pacing. Back in Feburary I wrote a post on the importance of pacing. But a TV show really brought the point front and center. Boy oh boy if you ever need an example of the importance of story pacing this is it. A little of this and a little of that goes a long way.
For suggestions on story pacing check out these writers.
- Holly Lisle gives several techniques for controlling the pace of a story. She explains that Not everyone wants a breakneck race through the pages. We all need to breathe.
- Fiction Writers Mentor, talks about giving your story balance.
- Fiction Factor explains how we shouldn’t let our story become a victim of lousy pacing.