January 13, 2011

How much is too much?

I found a comment by my awesome BETA reader, Sara, very interesting. In my suspense, ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, most of my chapters are between 30 and 35 pages. This is double-spaced of course. Times New Roman 12 pt. font. She suggested cutting them in half. So instead of having 13 chapters between 30 and 35 pages, I would have 26 chapters between 15-17 pages.

For some reason, when I was constructing my chapters, I kept the idea in my mind that when (or if) my book is published, the pages would be printed differently. It's not like they just shrink the pages down, right? So I'm thinking when in print, the chapters will actually be shorter physically. Not only are the pages double-sided, but the print is smaller. Do you get what I'm saying?

What do you think? Is 30-35 pages too much for one chapter?

1 comment:

  1. Most of my chapters were 30ish pages when I first started writing, but now I like them smaller. I find chapter breaks are a good way to amp tension, little cliffhangers. Anything to keep the reader hooked!


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