on Fiction University:
A badly paced novel can ruin an otherwise strong story.
Pacing problems fall into two categories: too slow or too fast. While this makes it easy to diagnose the trouble, it takes a bit more to solve the actual problem.
Too slow can be an editing issue, a stakes issue, or even a structure issue.
Too fast can be a plotting problem, a characterization problem, or yes, a structure problem.
If your pacing isn’t where you want it to be, first identify what the problem is.
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