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Published Apr 25, 2016

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.

Pacing Visualisation


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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?

By bevjackson on 07 January 2017, 12:23 PM

Able to work with others to identify, define and solve

By miguel6380 on 11 March 2017, 10:43 PM

what's the correct way writing this sentences

By miguel6380 on 11 March 2017, 10:48 PM

what's the correct way writing this sentences

By miguel6380 on 11 March 2017, 10:49 PM

I've been editing my articles in it and I've had to rewrite several paragraphs different ways but the check comes up the same everytime!

By cjhawkingswrites on 11 November 2018, 01:44 AM

This link might help people trying to improve pacing - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pace_(narrative)

By aemservices.236 on 06 January 2019, 08:43 PM

After a little testing, I figured out that any (so far tested) paragraph can be changed from slow to not slow by removing or changing the word "had" (or hadn't) in that paragraph, everywhere it occurs. That is the only change necessary. One can even change "he had" to "he'd" and it will no longer report as slow.

By yandrmeyers on 01 February 2019, 09:33 PM