First Time DM Tips
Tip 4: Pacing & Repair
It is difficult to get a handle on pacing, particularly when first starting out. This is something that there is no single solution to, as it will vary depending on your players. If you are concerned about the pacing in your storyline, review a few key questions:
Do I feel as if the story drags, or is going by too quickly?
Do my players seem to feel their characters have accomplished what they need to accomplish in the time they have been given?
How are my story hooks being revealed in relation to the story? Are too many or too few already being revealed? Is there a plot reason for this?
Do not be afraid to implement ways to amend any current campaign issues. This could include (but is not limited to), adding another hook or arc to keep the story moving (or so that you have something for later), retconning in-character time to be less or more depending on need, or editing unrevealed details about the world or story. Your characters will take it in places you may have never imagined.