Pacing: Scene and Sequel/Summary (10 page submission)

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Silver Lake Library- Los Angeles Public Library

2411 Glendale Blvd · Los Angeles

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Crafting engaging scenes is vital to maintaining reader interest. Moments of breath-taking action, gut-wrenching tension, and awe-inspiring description stay with us forever. However, readers can’t maintain that pace forever. They need a moment to breathe.

That’s where the sequel/summary comes in.

This is a relatively quiet opportunity for characters to process what just occurred. They can assess the new situation in front of them, then ponder what their next step will be. And readers get a chance to reflect as well.

These moments might last an entire chapter, or conclude in a paragraph. But without these calmer interludes to balance out emotionally intensive, viscerally engaging scenes, a story can wear down the reader.

Join us for a discussion of this concept of scene and sequel/summary and stay for the submission critiques.

Much of this talk will be based on K. M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel, which can be found at:

The following article also breaks down the concept of scene and sequel/summary:

Finally, this post from K. M. Weiland herself has a very useful infographic:


This is a 10-Page manuscript critique meeting. Please submit your work by 11:59pm on Sunday, December 8.

Manuscript submission instructions are here (please read them carefully):

For your critiques, please refer to our Manuscript Critique Guidelines here: