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Name – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

They had a good chat while sharing the park bench and he was sad to see her go when she finally left. He kept thinking about her and her lovely smile after she was gone, and he kicked himself when he realized he forgot to get her name. He decided to come back the next day in hopes of seeing her again – and finally get her name.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “name”:


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Chapter Length #amwriting

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

I was recently asked in an online group what length a chapter should be. I’ve discussed this before here, but I’m always happy to repeat myself. In my opinion, there is no hard and fast rule.

When we commit to writing daily, our writing style grows and changes. Fifteen years ago, I wrote long chapters, some over 4,000 words.

However, as time has passed, my writing style has evolved. Chapters have become shorter, averaging between 1,500 to 2,250. Some will be much shorter, for reasons I will go into further on down this article. Some might be longer if the story demands it.

However, it’s a good idea to consider comfort of your reader. Many readers want to finish a chapter in one sitting. I’ve attended seminars given by authors who say they have a specific word-count limit for their chapter length, a personal choice.

I’ve read and enjoyed many…

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