Pacing of a Predator
Welcome to the weekend.
Here are some haunting happenings on Rahaman Writing:
While lurking in my basement, contemplating my many schemes and plots, I've noticed that I tend to always choose the long-game over short ventures. In my newsletter series, Of the Sky, Of the Sea, and Of the Stones, I'm creating and putting together the pieces of a world for my next book (that I have yet to begin writing), Salt on the Waves.
I'm also writing a dark power-fantasy homage to The Divine Comedy and tweeting/uploading the pages every week. I plan to expand The Baron's Journal's world (with some changes!) as Hell is a very interesting place to write about.
It's almost like I'm stalking my prey, in that the completion of more books is my target.
Ever moving closer, slowly, steadily.
A notion which brings us to this week's advice.
The Baron of Beholder's Writing Tip #16:
Pacing and anticipation can be great tension builders. Particularly if you reveal subtle details consistently, yet sparsely. This is especially important for horror, where you have to balance between telling too much and telling too little.
What the precise balance will be will depend on the length of the work, the target audience, the subject matter, and many more factors.
Try to do one thing at a time.
Reveal one part of the monster's existence (yellow eyes, the smell of blood-soaked fur, a horrid howl, etc.) as a human character encounters them briefly upon a moonlight night while camping.
Then maybe later let this same character find a huge footprint closed to a dirt path, allowing the reader to gauge the size of the threat.
After that, possibly reveal the corpse of a deer, or another large animal, with wounds inflicted by your monster (gashes from claws, teeth marks on bone, acidic residue, etc.) to force the implication of impending death into the viewers' minds.
Hideous fiends with foul intent threaten Athos, and his colleagues, once more as he and the Aetherian scholars reach the harbour. Together, with the Bitterwind and her crew, they fight their way past the tongue-beasts and escape the city just as a familiar threat approaches.
Fleeing the City