Slow Motion – A Writer’s Trick
Clive Matson got it right! In his book Let the Crazy Child Write: Finding Your Creative Writing Voice, he suggests that writers use slow action. When an important event occurs, slow the action down to freeze frame speed. That pulls readers closer allowing them to experience the physical tension with the character.
Whatever the action looks like: a fall, a gun fight, or an ah-ha moment; it works.
The next time you come across an action scene, see if the author has extended that scene through slowing down the time and movement. If it is a memorable scene, I’ll wager the author has made an attempt to keep you suspended.