From Dreaming to Publishing: Breaking up


This post is part of the “From Dreaming to Publishing” series.

  • Dense paragraphs frighten and confuse your readers
  • By paragraphing more offen (adding white space) your writing becomes more engaging
  • More paragraphs » more tension » more speed/action
  • Less paragraphs » more relaxation » more introspection


  • Skim your novel and notice the white space
  • If a scene seems to drag, paragraph more
  • Achieve balance, do your chapters all have the same length?

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This post is a personal summary of a chapter from the book Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, which I read when preparing for NaNoWriMo. It warns amateur writers for the common pitfalls and provides solutions with examples. I’m sure you’ll find it useful too.