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The average length of a novel is 60,000 to 80,000 words. One of the most recent books I have read was Inferno by Dan Brown. Some of the chapters in that book fit on one page.


Simply write to the publisher or author, you will usually find the appropriate contact information in the about screen. They will more than likely grant you permission.


Here are two guidelines I use. Camera Shot. In Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury offers this simple and useful idea: Think of each paragraph as a single camera shot in a movie. Every time the shot changes (e.g. change in camera angle), start a new paragraph. Character tempo. This is a more complex idea. At what "tempo" is the character experiencing ...


What paragraphs accomplish Text that isn't split up into paragraphs is often referred to as a "wall of text" and can be very difficult to read. Paragraphs are used for a few reasons: Organization, pacing, and to give the reader a chance to pause, similarly to what the end of a sentence does. Paragraphs exist to group sentences on the same topic together. ...

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