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PACING, TRANSITIONS, FLASHES, AND FRAMES

THE FARTHER YOU GO IN YOUR STORY, the more things each individual scene will be doing. It will be looking forward and back. It will be taking account of the consequences of previous crises and building toward other crises, both near and distant. It will be further developing your characters, showing them in new contexts, new situations.

But a string of scenes, however good, isn't a story. The story as a whole, to be effective, has to develop a rhythm. That's pacing.

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