Date: Jan 23, 2015 08:29 am Title: Pacing: Striking the balance
Another good topic you touched on. A good way to keep a balance between the story moving too fast and too slow is describing the character's thoughts when necessary but being careful not to add too much detail..and elaborate on stuff that could cause potential confusion, like why a character would feel a certain way, etc. As for the showing more than telling I work hard on that every time I write a chapter.
For another topic to touch on, how about character portrayals, especially with canon characters? One of the pieces of advice from the more experienced authors who taught me what I know that I have been following is be careful how to treat non-favorite characters since there are fans of that character and all distorting them in a malicious manner will do is make enemies. And the fact that if a canon character must be wildly out of character, at least provide a good reason and add a certain disclaimer such as if the fic is AUish or a parody.
I definitely agree with your point about elaborating on a character's thoughts. That's also a fine line. Sometimes (IMO) authors go too far and attempt to tell a character's story by giving two paragraphs to justify one thought. I think that in such instances, alluding to something could be more powerful.
For instance, rather than writing "He was livid. She had HIT him. Suddenly memories of each time his father had done that flooded his mind (gives multiple examples)" one could write "He was livid. She had actually HIT him. He felt his whole body become tense, just as it had so many times before when that heavy hand had 'taught him a lesson'".
Thank you for the suggestion - I will definitely use it in one of the coming segments on the leading lady (accommodating as well for celebrities in non-leading roles).