Give ’em a break

The Redoubt by Devorah FoxI’m about 75% of the way through writing the second draft of “The Redoubt” which will be Book Four of “The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam.”

One of the things I’ve been doing has been putting in chapter breaks. I wrote the first draft scene by scene but not every scene makes a chapter.

I found myself getting caught up in the story and forgetting to put in a break. I got to wondering, what would it be like if there were no chapters, if the book was just one continuous stream?

I’m sure that someone somewhere has done the definitive study on the psychology of the chapter break. I mean, readers can simply put down the book whenever they like, they don’t need “permission” or the command of a chapter break. In fact writers who want to craft a real page turner could simply leave out the chapter breaks.

I won’t in “The Redoubt” but it’s food for thought.

 

About Dee

"What if?" Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of “The Redoubt,” voted one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2016, and three other books in The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic historical fantasy series. She also co-authored the contemporary thriller, Naked Came the Sharks, with Jed Donellie. She contributed to Masters of Time: a SciFi/Fantasy Time Travel Anthology and has several Short Reads to her name, including Murder by the Book, A Mystery Mini. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in The Barefoot Palace on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats ... and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at http://devorahfox.com.
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