How to use... The Pacing Check

by ProWritingAid Apr 25, 2016, 4 Comments

How to Use The Pacing Check

Pacing refers to the speed at which a story is told and how quickly the reader is moved through events. Good writing contains faster-paced sections, such as dialogue and character action, as well as slower-paced sections, such as introspection and backstory.

A book that is entirely composed of car chases without taking the time to make you care about the character being chased just won’t be effective at bringing readers into the story. Likewise, a story that has four chapters in a row dedicated to your main character’s Zen contemplation may need a bit of action to keep readers interested. Differently paced sections should complement each other, allowing the reader to move with you through the narrative.

ProWritingAid’s Pacing Check finds those areas in your writing that are paced more slowly so that you can spread them out. Too many slower paced paragraphs in a row and your reader’s attention may wane. Note: The Pacing Report is currently only available in our online editor. We will be adding it to the desktop app asap.

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  • bevjackson says
    I find this "check" the most confusing. Some slow pacing is needed in good writing, and by interjecting fast-pace in the middle of slow pace seems arbitrary and illogical to me. I love that this software computes which is which, but the solution for it doesn't seem viable to me. I guess it just warrants a 2nd look when you tell me I have 15 paragraphs of slow pacing. You don't tell me how many paragraphs of fast pacing? Not too logical?
    Posted On Jan 07, 2017 | 12:23
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  • miguel6380 says
    Able to work with others to identify, define and solve
    Posted On Mar 11, 2017 | 10:43
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    • miguel6380 says
      what's the correct way writing this sentences
      Posted On Mar 11, 2017 | 10:48
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    • miguel6380 says
      what's the correct way writing this sentences
      Posted On Mar 11, 2017 | 10:49
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