High Gears in Writing can be Grueling
Sometimes high gears in writing can be great. You’re flying past the curves, staying on the road, headed in the right direction but things can quickly get out of control. There are times when slow processes are needed. Such as when you’re trying to transition a scene. You don’t want to drive all-out, you could go off the pavement. Instead, take your time, savor the scene, get the details just right. Give your reader a breather, so to speak. After all, you don’t want one race track from start to finish.
Everything has to be done in a step-by-step action. Introduce us to your characters. Bring on the inciting incident but don’t go speeding through it all. Readers like to linger by the roadside, enjoy the scenery, digest things. If you just rush through things, we’ll never get a chance to get to know the characters, understand why their goal is so important to them, cringe at the risks of tackling the obstacle.
But you say readers want the big bang up-front. Actually, they like to take their time and get to know you’re people, their hopes, theh dreams. I’m not saying to go on forever with these details. There has to be just enough. How do you know when you’ve reached that? By paying attention during your revisions. Do you yawn in some places? That’s where you need to step in and speed things up. Do you struggle to figure out what’s going on among the latest action dispersed on the pages? Slow it down and add breathers.
An obstacle course isn’t something most readers enjoy. If you want to get Sally and Joe across the raging river, show the fear, the struggles, the disappointment, but also include the moments when they break their progress to interact, to hug, to encourage each other. Danger keeps things hopping, sure. Give your reader too much of it though from page one to finish and you may send them dodging for the comforts of reality. So, yeah, use different gears when you write. Save the high gear for the climax and spurts threaded throughout your story. As you gain experience, you’ll know when to use each.