Advice on telling a story
from Mark Twain
The pause is an exceedingly important feature in any kind of story, and a frequently recurring feature, too.
It is a dainty thing, and delicate, and also uncertain and treacherous; for it must be exactly the right length -
If the pause is too short the impressive point is passed,
and if it’s too long, the audience have had time to divine that a surprise is intended -
ROGER says :
taking a pause before an important word, preferably with a slight upward inflection, creates a sense of anticipation.
A pause is also important for
A story is told
as much by silence
as by speech.