When writing a novel or lengthy short story, how quickly should the story progress? Say the MC is going to rob a bank, but before he does that he has to plan the break-in, get a weapon, find a wheel-man, and choose a bank. Should the planning take one page or two, or maybe even three pages? Should each part of the plot progress evenly or should one part take longer than the rest? How fast is too fast for story progression? At what point should someone stop introducing the MC and developing plot and start diving into story? I am asking these questions both rhetorically and seriously. I am having trouble deciding if my chapters progress too quickly or if they are just right. If anyone has any advice on how fast or slow I should progress the story then please, feel free. At what point is it okay to dive into the story and stop holding the readers hand?