Slowing Down Time

This TedEd lesson by Aaron Sitze uses the example of pacing scenes in film to demonstrate how writers can create memorable experiences for readers. The technique of slowing down time can help you render scenes in fiction and creative nonfiction. By focusing on significant sensory details, you can create 3-D characters and worlds. By taking a little time to go deeper into a character’s experience, you’ll slow down time for your readers in a good way, giving them a deeper sense of character and situation.

In this video Sitze looks at moments experienced in slow motion. These are significant moments, moments you can dramatize, and they can make great moments to render in detail. It’s a memorable 6-minute lesson!

You might also want to check out the video in this quote-of-the-week post, where Janet Fitch talks about adding details to sentences and scenes. She’s a wonderful writer and teacher!

Read my posts about writing from the senses.


  1. Jane Schulman says:

    Dear Barbara, Thank you so much for this post. I learned so much from this video by Aaron Sitze about stretching time through adding rich detail. It gave me insight into how to heighten drama in two of my stories by slowing the action through sensory detail. Now I need to sit down and do it but at least I know what I need to do. I look forward to reading your blog weekly — keeps the creative juices flowing and the AROHO spirit alive.
    Regards, Jane