Writing Tip Wednesday – Pacing and Suspense

Posted May 31, 2017 by Julie in Writing Tip Wednesday / 7 Comments

Writing Tip Wednesday – Pacing and Suspense

JA Huss

Welcome to Video Six of The Perfect Story. In this video we’re going to talk about pacing and suspense. This helps you visualize how to set up your story using the structure previous videos on structure as a template and what you need to write a “page turner” no matter what genre you write.

If you’re just coming in on this series and haven’t yet seen the previous videos they are linked below.

Middles and Scenes
Hooks and Endings
Sex Scenes
Literary Devices

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About JA Huss

JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past five years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her new sexy sci-fi romance and paranormal romance pen name is KC Cross and she writes novels and teleplays collaboratively with actor and screenwriter, Johnathan McClain.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Five of her book were optioned for a TV series by MGM television in 2018. And her book, Total Exposure, was nominated for a RITA Award in 2019.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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7 responses to “Writing Tip Wednesday – Pacing and Suspense

  1. David Wade

    Thank you so much for these. I’m writing my first novel, a romance about an autistic man and you’re videos have been really helpful so far. 8,000 words down, 72,000 to go. Thanks again!

  2. Teri

    Thanks for another interesting video. I’m writing my first romance novel with dual POV (which I happen to enjoy reading). Do you think that each POV chapter should be relatively the same word count? I have some chapters that are super long, then switch over to the other POV that might be somewhat shorter. You mention switching POV in the middle of a scene. I never thought of that. Would you recommend that to break up one of those super long chapters?

    Can’t wait for the next two videos! I hope your planning another series after this:)

    • Julie

      You know, my word count for chapters varies according to how many words I need that day. I don’t usually care one way or the other and I don’t think anyone else does either. But many readers like dual POV characters to have about the same “time” in the book. This is especially so in audio. So always keep audio in mind when you write, even if you have no plans on doing audio right now.

  3. Kama

    I’m seriously loving these videos because I’m learning SO much! Thank you for taking time to help out your fellow writers.

    I do have a question, and I know you are crazy busy, but I’m wondering how you use the TVtropes website. I’ve been on there before and it’s hella confusing to me. I’m probably TSTL when it comes to this site, but if you have some insight, I’d appreciate it. 8).

    • Julie

      TV Tropes is like a dark black hole. You just have to page through tropes of characters or plots and then click the linked tropes within an article until you find what you’re looking for. 🙂


    Hi Julie when is the next video ready? I have been waiting to hear all about writing those sex scenes …