For years, I read about pacing, how to make your story come alive by increase the readability of your work.
Shorter sentences and smaller words takes the reader less time to read so the intensity is increased. The problem was not only how to make this happen but to do it in a way that the reader would enjoy.
One of the tools I use to help me is words readability scale. When doing a spell check the screen that pops up at the end gives you information about whether or not the writing is easy to read.
Sentence Complexity/Words per sentence(avg.) gives you the length of the sentence the lower the number the easier it is to read.
"The judgmental narrator subposition infuriated the commando."
Seven words it should be easy.
The words you use can make it difficult to read too.
This is where Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid level can help. These two number can help you see how ease what you've written can be understood.
Learning to use this can help you understand where you maybe losing your readers.
Have a great weekend,