S11E7 – Time: Maintaining Momentum Through a Story

There are all kinds of four-letter words people consider to be bad. In writing, those four-letter words aren’t the traditional ones most people think about when they hear the phrase. The four-letter words of writing are the difficult topics to consider, write about, or simply just to do. None of the words are bad, but can be frightening for new authors or authors unfamiliar with certain topics. They are all something that needs to be addressed, at least, and decisions made on how to use them to the author’s advantage. Through June, this podcast will be breaking down those difficult words, such as edit, time, LGBT, and best.

Time is an elusive subject for many writers. It can be difficult to know exactly how to make time feel like it’s passing in a story without listing it out. Momentum is also difficult to maintain if the story is spread out over a long period of time. This episode details some of the ways to maintain momentum and mark the passing of time, such as using the ticking clock method, to make sure a story keeps moving and readers stay interested.

First aired June 22, 2020.

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