Pace is more than how fast things are happening in your story.  It's something you can't
see, but it's there, and readers feel it.  If it's too slow, your book might hit the wall.  If it's
fast enough, they won't be able to put it down, much less toss it.

A few things that can slow the pace of your story --

Flashbacks and Backstory
Characters sitting thinking and thinking
Long chunks of narrative
Telling instead of showing
Repeating things
Explaining simple things that don't need to be explained
Scenes that do nothing to move the story forward
Passive forms of writing, like using "was" and words ending in "ly" or "ing"
Giving away too much so there is no questions left

                        Charlotte Dillon  ~
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