Regarding today's Quote of the Day: "Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more." ~ Louis L'Amour
Louis knew a great deal about the structure of a novel. This particular quotation is a clue to pacing a story. Each scene should be followed by a pause to let the reader absorb what has happened. The next scene should advance with greater force, building to a conclusion at the end of the chapter that will make the reader turn the page and begin the next chapter with anticipation.
About Louis L'Amour:
Louis L'Amour, the author known for his pulp westerns, wrote more than 100uis novels in his lifetime. Born in North Dakota in 1908 as Louis LaMoore, he worked across the southwestern U.S. on a string of backbreaking jobs including longshoreman, elephant handler, and cattle skinner. He saw his writing as akin to telling tales by a campfire and wanted to be remembered simply as a good storyteller. He won the Medal of Freedom in 1984 and died in 1988.
Anyone wishing to learn the craft of producing popular fiction would do well to read a few Louis L'Amour novels. They are excellent examples of structure and pacing and great storytelling. The lessons can be applied to any genre.