So, gut-wrenching excitement might be cheating, but I couldn’t come up with a G topic and I was wondering what I was gonna write about from night before last. A la dictionary.com, gut-wrenching –adjective involving great distress or anguish; agonizing: a gut-wrenching decision.
Now, have you ever read a book that threatened to stop your heart from start to finish? You could barely swallow, hardly blink and you wondered if your heart would escape through your ribs and plop nto your lap if another major event played out on the next page?
I may be crucified for saying this, but in my opinion, this might be okay for thrillers and such, but I don’t believe that every book should proceed at the pace of a Grand Prix motor race. You know that saying ‘He who fights and runs away lives to fight another day’? I have my own spin on this. I prefer not to read a gut-twisting, blood pounding novel all in one go, lest I bring on a heart attack. I’d rather take on a book with moderate pacing and live to read another day.
Admittedly, I might be guilty of this myself. That’s me down there blushing. Doralynn Kennedy wrote a review of Contraband in which she recommended not reading it at night if you plan to sleep. Trust me, she knows what she's talking about as she's outstanding at creating and sustaining suspense. But I’m putting in a disclaimer here; I did have some valleys along the way as some romance was involved. Honest.
This is a no-no in his genre, but he cautioned me to take his analysis with a grain of salt. I listened to him and cut some of the introspection, however, I also had to balance that and remember that my work goes at a slower pace than his.
Anyway, here’s my thinking as to why not all books should go at breakneck speed.
- Some scenes help to clean the palate, process information, and prepare the reader for another set of challenges.
- Contemplative scenes help show the reader when the character is at a turning point or makes an important discovery that affects their life.
- Quieter scenes prevent an overabundance of adrenalin rush that sometimes feels like an anxiety attack.
- Some genres do not facilitate this type of writing, or a slower pace is just as acceptable based on the plot and subject matter.
What do you say? Leisurely pace, reasonable speed or Derby race?
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