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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.


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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.


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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 ...


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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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