Do you remember the first time you got so swept up in a novel that you stayed up half the night reading it? As a reader, you hope you'll find that with every book you read. As a writer, you hope yours is the book that readers can't put down. There are many reasons a reader finds a book a compelling read — great writing, wonderful characters, unique plot. But pacing, or the speed with which an author tells the story, is why they keep turning the pages.