Pacing is another important factor to keep in mind while writing.  Your writing should flow fairly evenly with a constant push toward the plot’s solution and obstacles that keep threatening the resolution.  Avoid jumping around from action to description & characterization to dialog, and bouncing back to action.  Readers might find parts exciting while other sections drag.

To keep balance throughout your writing, think of a three-legged stool with each leg representing the motivation associated to the character, the story facts or the plot.  Ideally, each sentence should have at least one of these types of motivation or a combination (perhaps all three in the same sentence).  If there is too much of one, then it might become uneven, less practical, and even unusable.

Helpful tips:

  • When creating a scene, try to give it functionality and purpose such as a storm that cause the characters to do something.  Every sentence should have a purpose; if it doesn’t, then why should it be included?
  • Practice writing various descriptions.  Try increasing your observation skills by looking at things that happen in real like with more perception and detail.  Then use these techniques in your writing.
  • Verify whether your character’s reactions and emotions match their dominant character traits.
  • Don’t be afraid to take risks, and make sure to write with clear meaning with each sentence.
  • Avoid withholding information from your reader, yet balance it value.  (If it doesn’t support the story plot, ask yourself if it truly needs to be there.)
  • Avoid over used phrases that appear regularly in your type of genre.
  • Avoid relying on coincidental events.  There should be purpose behind everything.
  • Avoid describing things in too much detail; don’t go overboard.
  • Be creative with your original ideas, descriptions and precise words with meaning.