I've read and seen a lot of great stories that have been ruined for me due to bad pacing. I think bad pacing is what leads to stories and their meanings just going over a reader's head. It leads to jarring transitions and stretches of boredom despite the actual chapters/scenes being good. I know that the best pacing for a story differs on the story itself, but I imagine that there are at least some rules that generally apply to almost every kind of story, regardless of genre or length; and I have yet to find them. Most of the time, when people complain about a story's pacing, or even when I myself notice it, I don't really know what caused it, and I know for a fact that it is even harder to notice pacing issues in your own work. You guys got any pointers?