on Fiction University:
In some ways, pacing is more critical to a novel than plot.
My husband isn’t a kidlit reader, and when he read my novel The Shifter for the first time, he said,
“Wow, you do stuff in three pages that would take an adult book three chapters.”
An exaggeration, but there’s truth in there. MG/YA is typically faster paced than adult work, because kids won’t put up with something that drags. If you can’t grab and hold their attention, you’re a goner.
Pacing is one way to keep that attention.