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It sounds like you're something of a discovery writer (aka pantser). You wrote lots and lots of material, and now you have to carve away everything which doesn't fit your plot. If you are a discovery writer rather than a planner, then removing all the parts which don't belong there is part of the process of writing your first draft. Keep all the cool bits ...


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I have been told that the sentence you should cut out is the one you love the most. I have found this true of my own writing: a really interesting section just has to go because it doesn't fit within the whole. Sometimes I have be able to re-cast an idea. Sometimes I have been able to use it in another story or play. Sometimes I have to just throw it away.


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Short chapters are a gift to readers who may not have the time or stamina to handle 70 pages at a sitting. For a young reader, reaching goals is important. As their eyelids get heavy and their mind starts to wander into the dreamlands, they struggle to read just a little bit further. If only they can make it to the end of the current chapter, then they ...


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I think Patterson is just padding his books, making them thicker, a more respectable size by using short chapters, large type, big margins, etc. The whole point seems to be, not to make great books, just to make lots of them and therefore lots of money.


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Particularly in action scenes, it can be tough to weed out which sentences need to start with the MC's name or pronoun. If the sentence has a modifying phrase, it may be worthwhile to place the phrase in the front of the sentence. I also avoid starting sentences with verbs. This is a technique that can introduce a dynamic feel, but when used too often or ...


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This answer was for the first version of the question and no longer applies after it has been edited. For a first genre novel, the recommended length lies around 90 000 words. Here are some more details and explanations: http://theswivet.blogspot.de/2008/03/on-word-counts-and-novel-length.html I don't know about non-fiction or biographies, but judging from ...


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The start and the end are mere bookends to the body of the story. The body of the story is where characters develop and plot and events unfold. That said a good start can hook a read and a good end can leave them satisfied and wanting more. So assuming that you find the opening and the close where your creativity is strongest go with that. Plan the journey ...


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With the middle of a book, the best considered method is small rises of tension followed by a slight drop (to allow your reader to recover). To use a driving analogy, the beginning of your book is getting in the car and starting the engine, the end is arriving at your destination but it's the middle part that's actually the journey. It could be a simple ...



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