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  1. #1
    KT Stephens
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    Question on Chapter Break?

    I recently read a book that made the chapter break in the middle of the scene vs. between scene and sequel. Is that normal?



  2. #2
    Mya Bell
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    Re: Question on Chapter Break?

    A chapter break should be in a natural break in the book, but with enough of a teaser or question left hanging that the reader wants to continue reading.

    If you sew a chapter up too tightly, there's no incentive to read on.

    If you sew a chapter up too loosely, the reader loses interest.

    If you break in the middle of a scene in a way that is jarring or annoying, then the chapter break becomes an affectation rather than an effective way to organize the story and will irritate instead of enticing the reader.

    --- Mya Bell

  3. #3
    Carrie Kabak
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    Re: Question on Chapter Break?

    You can divide your MS up as you wish.....I have half-page chapters, for e.g.. But it if you break in the middle of a scene, it must be for a REASON.

  4. #4
    Simon Says
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    Re: Question on Chapter Break?

    I think it's most often used in thrillers as a suspense building device. I've also seen it used after a major twist is revealed, if the reveal happens in the middle of a scene.

  5. #5
    KT Stephens
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    Re: Question on Chapter Break?

    If the beginning of the book has a hook that leads the reader forward, can't the same thing be used at the end of the chapter to entice him on to the next one?

  6. #6
    john folsom
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    Re: Question on Chapter Break?

    Yes

  7. #7
    Usman Ijaz
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    Re: Question on Chapter Break?

    Rober Ludlum uses it quite a lot. I think it's just to build suspence.

  8. #8
    Devin Jordan
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    Re: Question on Chapter Break?

    It's absolutley to build suspense. Like Mya said, if you sew up the end of a chapter too tightly, the reader doesn't really feel like reading on. You have to leave it hanging just enough for the reader to wonder what happens next.

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