Pacing is the tool writers use to control time. It is both the “speed” at which the narrative moves and it is an approach or manner in which the writer shapes scenes to keep a reader engaged in the story. Dialogue, sentence length and structure, the writer’s vocabulary, and the way the writer uses punctuation all have an impact on the pacing of a story. Controlling the flow of how the events in the writing unfold can make or break a story. If the writer rushes the dramatic or comic scenes or plods through them, the reader loses interest—and for good reason. Pacing is an important and vital skill working on your drafts.