This article is over 9 years old James Patterson, the American writer revealed today as the most borrowed author from British libraries James Patterson is less a novelist than a literary factory, and it seems the British public cannot get enough of him. The American is revealed today as the UK's most borrowed author from libraries, coming top for the second year, after his books were taken out more than 1. Patterson and the writers he employs are happy to keep the fans happy, with the Patterson name emblazoned across at least eight books in the last year, in genres from thriller to romance to misery memoir. Other writers' names regularly appear on the cover - often in much smaller type - but he denies that he sometimes has no involvement at all in the writing.
Many fiction writers especially early on in their careers seem to agonize over chapter lengths. How long should each chapter run? Can I get away with a one-page chapter, or with a very lengthy one? In short, the story should dictate the length of your chapters and, consequently, the length of the novel itself.
Other writers use each chapter as a step toward the development of their theme, usually leading to longer chapters where the next chapter begins precisely where the other one left off. This approach ends each chapter with some sort of cliffhanger and then moves to another character as the next chapter starts.
While the most important opening line is the very first one in the book, every chapter should have a kick-ass opening too.
This is especially true for crime thrillers and suspense novels. So, keep in mind that chapters in other genres i. Gateway Drug Allure — Each chapter should keep the reader wanting more and more. Use a fully present voice that exudes confidence and has an assertive air.
Stay away from flowery, bloated descriptions. Keep moving forward, full bore, giving the reader the entire force of your writing prowess so she gets more deeply entrenched in the characters and the story with each chapter.
Conflict — Think of conflict as reader candy. The drama of conflict adds layers of interest and takes the reader down an alley full of danger and foreboding. Readers get to know characters through dialogue same as you do in real life.
You talk to people to get to know them. Tight and To the Point — Keep your writing tight and to the point. Say what you need to say to swiftly move the plot along and keep readers turning pages. Remember, regardless of the elements it contains, every chapter should draw the reader further into the story.
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