Novel Pacing: The Importance of Length, Depth, and Style

Novel Pacing: The Importance of Length, Depth, and Style

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One of the biggest mistakes Richard Thomas sees new novelists make is when they switch from short stories to novels and they don’t adjust their pacing. If your average short story is about 5,000 words and your average novel is somewhere around 75,000 words (or more) that’s more than TEN TIMES longer (15 times, to be exact). Your pacing has to adjust for setting, character, plot, and more. This OnDemand webinar discusses the differences between short stories and novels, when it comes to pacing, and what that might look like. Learn how to make your novel sing by telling when you need to, but more importantly, unpacking and expanding in so many places (and different ways) to create an epic, entertaining, and original novel.


Richard Thomas is the award-winning author of eight books—Disintegration and Breaker (Penguin Random House Alibi), Transubstantiate, Staring Into the Abyss, Herniated Roots, Tribulations, Spontaneous Human Combustion (Turner Publishing), and The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books). His over 170 stories in print include The Best Horror of the Year (Volume Eleven), Cemetery Dance (twice), Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders (Bram Stoker winner), PANK, storySouth, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Shallow Creek, The Seven Deadliest, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad (numbers 2-4), PRISMS, Pantheon, and Shivers VI. He was also the editor of four anthologies: The New Black and Exigencies (Dark House Press), The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press) and Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck Palahniuk. He has been nominated for the Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, Thriller, and Audie awards. In his spare time he is a columnist at Lit Reactor. He was the Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press and Gamut Magazine. 



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