Thursday, June 10, 2010


Beats are the actions we intersperse within a scene. Browne and King, in Self-Editing For Fiction Writers, describes beat's pros, cons, and uses:
  • Use to vary pace
  • Can be disruptive to dialogue | flow
  • Ties dialog to setting and characters
  • Limits imagination required of reader
  • Can be condescending
  • For high tension, keep the beats to a minimum
  • Used to change emotional direction
  • Conveys characters emotions/thoughts
If, when reading out loud, you pause between lines of dialogue...consider it a beat.

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