When writing a story, authors have to strike a balance between action, dialogue and narration in order to be effective. They need to keep the reader guessing, pace their novel properly and mix things up a bit.
There are no actual rules about how to blend action, dialogue and narration. You have to experiment a little, weave them together and find your story’s unique rhythm. However, there are a few questions you can ask yourself about your story to help with this — especially during the redrafting stage — that can help you to strike the right balance.
We hope that these tips help when writing or redrafting your novel. Remember: pace your work, mix it up a little and, above all, just write!