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Give ’em a break

September 17, 2015

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.

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