The Blank Spaces in Our Stories: The Messages Writers Send Readers Between The Words


  1. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek October 15, 2013 at 8:36 am .

    I’m aware of some of this when I’m writing, but it’s good to think more intentionally on how I use commas, breaks and spaces. If a writer is good, I don’t even think about when reading. Great stuff to think about. Thanks Kym and Mark for being on today’s blog.

    1. Kym-n-Mark Todd
      Kym-n-Mark Todd October 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm .

      Hi, Julie. We’re convinced that, at the revision stage, the more we do deliberately, the happier we can be with the end product.

      Thanks so much for having us!

  2. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey October 15, 2013 at 10:31 am .

    Thanks for the informative and thoughtful post, Mark and Kym. I find it’s a lot easier to see the overlong sentences or the diluted paragraph in someone else’s manuscript than it is in my own. Pacing is a challenge.

    1. Kym-n-Mark Todd
      Kym-n-Mark Todd October 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm .

      Patricia, thanks for having us as contributors to this marvelous blog. And we agree: *Always* easier to see in the work of others!


  3. Julie Kazimer
    Julie Kazimer October 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm .

    I’m always amazed at writers who can use that space, especially when it comes to breaking a chapter. I find myself, when I’m reading, loving the space when there’s a lot of emotion or suspense. It adds to it in such a profound way that we hardly ever think about. Great post. Thanks.

    1. Kym-n-Mark Todd
      Kym-n-Mark Todd October 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm .

      Hi, Julie. Thanks for weighing in. And what a great seque to our next post, which targets that larger space. Stay tuned! :)

      1. Lori DeBoer
        Lori DeBoer October 21, 2013 at 12:30 am .

        I am looking forward to reading the next one!

        1. Kym-n-Mark Todd
          Kym-n-Mark Todd October 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm .

          Thanks, Lori.

          We feel like the upcoming post really gets at the guts of what we do when we all try to assemble the pieces. The art of ending a scene and a chapter is an art we all practice but may never master.

          See what you think, and please feel free to share your own thoughts and insights.

  4. Wynn Collins
    Wynn Collins October 18, 2013 at 10:07 am .

    Using the subtle cues a rider employs to communicate with her horse illuminated the ideas in your post so well. I’m going to definitely bookmark this to refer to when up to my armpits in revisions. Thank you both!

    1. Kym-n-Mark Todd
      Kym-n-Mark Todd October 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm .

      Hi, Wynn. Thanks for these kind words.

      We both think the relationship with our horses is magical yet very grounding. When people ask us what we’ve been up to and we say “riding” or “writing,” they often misunderstand one for the other activity. And that’s okay by us. Both activities feel like they’re in the same Zen space to us!

      Thanks for reading our post. Hope the one coming up on this Thursday works for you as well (though sans horses next time! :)

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