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Writing Tips: How To Get Your Characters To Pause Effectively

The use of the word ‘pause’ elicits a fingernails-on-a-chalkboard response from me. Why would such an innocent word spur such a visceral response? Because people never pause. A pause indicates to me that a character freezes in place. They don’t move, they don’t think, they just, well, pause. In my experience, this never happens. But,...