I read really quickly, so when I read my own things they all seem terrible, but if I read them out loud they sound good because I'm reading it slowly. Any tips on making sentences and paragraphs longer without straying too much from the story?
My prerogative on making paragraphs needlessly longer is don’t. The whole goal of editing is to shorten your draft, not because a completed work is necessarily supposed to be short, but because a completed work is supposed to be as tight as it can be – that means no plot events that shouldn’t be there, no characters who shouldn’t be there, and no extra words clogging up the works. However, if you mean that your scenes don’t seem rich enough in detail or are flat and uninteresting, then make sure you’re using all five senses at least once to describe the setting (that means location and people around your narrator). But don’t add words just to add words – you’ll be worse off.
As for your dilemma of reading too quickly, your story’s probably fine. I wouldn’t worry.
I hope this helps! - @authors-haven