Saturday, September 1, 2018

Editing Pacing - Too Fast ... Too Slow... Just Right

For years, I read about pacing, how to make your story come alive by increase the readability of my work.

Shorter sentences and smaller words takes the reader less time to read so the intensity is increased. The problem is to not only learn how to make this happen but to do it in such a way the reader enjoys the ride.

One of the tools I use to help me is "words" readability scale. After doing a spell check, a screen pops up that gives you information about whether or not the writing is easy to read.

Sentence Complexity/Words per sentence(avg.) gives you the length of the sentence. The lower the number, the easier the writing is to read.

"The judgmental narrator subposition infuriated the commando."

Seven words it should be easy.


The words you use can make a story difficult to read too.

This is where Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid level can help. These two number can help you see how easy what you've written can be understood.

Learning to use this can help you understand where you maybe losing your readers.

Also, there is a free software program that you can use that gives you a lot of information about your writing.

Try it out at

Have an awesome day,


2 comments: said...

Good points! I teach creative writing classes, and we work on using sentences that are clean and concise (and not too long). Then I challenge my writers to choose words that are succinct, understandable (but not too elementary) and we write 5-minute short shorts. Fun!

Paula Schuck said...

That's interesting. I don't edit for pacing so much . Interested to hear there is software for this.