Re: RARA-AVIS: Chapters

From: Gerald W Page (
Date: 02 Jul 2008

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    Chapters are a great way to control the rhythm of a long story, and a lot of writers frankly use them to make a story easier to read. Max Brand and Alexander Dumas Sr. were master at this.



    I'm a big advocate of chapters. Ever try to read Moll Flanders? One long slog, IMO. Chapters leave handy places to stop reading, break up the narrative into cohesive sections, and help create reference points as one Avian pointed out. I've read books with 12 chapters and equally-long books with 50 chapters. I've read chapters of 50 words or less, and some that were as sprawling as Texas. Each worked for me in the context of the novel. If someone wants to get cute and literary and eschew chapters (as well as punctuation, capitals, paragraphs, etc.), be my guest. I won't read it.

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