Current Project: Ghost Girl
Most recent read: Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
Current read: Eldest, by Christopher Paolini
Planned next read: Brisingr, by Christopher Paolini
One of the questions I frequently ask myself as I write is, "How is the pacing?" By this I mean, am I giving the reader enough information? Too much information? Feeding out new information too quickly? Not fast enough? Is the information too oblique? Does the reader have to work at figuring out what is going to happen, or am I handfeeding them the plot?
I am a student of my environment. Whatever I see, whatever I am currently reading, I am studying. I recently finished reading, for the first time, Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. As I tore through this book, I found I was studying his pacing and feeding of information to the reader. And one thing I noticed was that each individual scene fed teasers to the reader. Each scene left me with more questions than answers, which drove me to *ahem*push my bedtime out, because who could possible sleep with all those unresolved questions?! It wasn't until you got most of the way to the end of the book that questions finally began to be answered. Until then, key relationships between the characters were hazy at best, and completely obscured at the worst (which I loved! Kept me guessing...).
Some books, you can see the entire book within the first few pages or chapter - where it will end, how relationships will evolve, who will easily get their Happily Ever After and who will have to wait for a later book in the series. When you first sit down to write a new book or story, how do you picture feeding the information to your reader? Are you going to make it easy for them, so they don't have to think too hard? Or do you plan on keeping them guessing right up until the very end?