I'm starting to become very conscious of pacing in my writing. Now, pacing in my work is a serious problem because with The Winchcombe, I'm publishing one page of my story at a time. I need to pay special attention to how much I skip around in the narrative, how much I rehash of what's come before, and at what emotional level I end a particular scene.
And I just couldn't do that if I didn't have nearly every scene at least plotted out. If I were writing this project by the seat of my pants, I would end up with a logistical train wreck, like I have going on over here.
Yet another argument for the planning of stories. As Larry of Storyfix.com will tell you:
You pantsers are gonna hate this. But the truth is, you can’t pants pace.
But you can plan for it.
The pacing of your story is very much like analyzing the flow of the blueprint for a building that hasn’t been constructed yet. You look at the relationships between the parts – chapters and scenes for writers, hallways and rooms for architecture – and determine if the sequence and proportions are in balance, if they are optimized for flow and feel, not to mention structural integrity and aesthetic beauty, and you make adjustments accordingly