From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 20 Nov 2008

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    Most of them were to do with clarity and simplicity. So, for instance, dialogue attribution can't be ambiguous. Maintaining a consistent point of view throughout each scene was another. Chronological shifts have to be obvious. Mostly standard stuff, no matter who you're writing for. I don't have the list to hand, but I recall that the one which made me think of Patterson was the idea of the 'reward' aspect of brevity: short words, short sentences, short paragraphs, short chapters, all of which go towards making the reader feel more confident and wanting to read more.


    ----- Original Message ----- From: "Sean Shapiro" <> To: <> Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 11:24 AM Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: SMALL CRIMES AND DRAGON TATTOO

    > Out of interest -- What are the points on the 'reluctant reader'
    > checklist? You don't have to list them all, just a general idea will do.
    > If you don't mind that is.
    > Could be a useful tool even with eager readers, no?
    > Thanks in advance.
    > Sean Shapiro

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