Screens are hard on people's eyes, and it's much more difficult to stay focused on text onscreen than on paper.
The best thing to do is to divide your chapters into parts. It will make it easier for your readers to keep their place when they take breaks, and it will also make your chapters less visually intimidating.
You also have to remember the depths of people's reviews. If I start reading sections of the work over 3 pages long, then reviews take me 30 minutes+ (just writing time. Add in ten minutes of reading time minimum) no matter how much depth I go into.In my experience, reviewers who say a chapter is too long aren't commenting on how long they think a novel/chapter should be; they're saying it'd be one heck of a lot easier to review if the post wasn't so long.
If I may ask, I noticed a couple of reviews where the writer was accused of having a 'confusing' first chapter/part, is it not a little unfair to the writer to review based on one chapter let alone part of a chapter? I mean, I understand if it is grammatically confusing to say, "I can't understand this mess!" but some of the reviewers were confused about the plot! Who would not be confused about the plot when all they have read is one or part of one chapter?
If I ask my work to be reviewed I would kind of like readers to keep in mind that it is impossible to give a complete review off of only part of a chapter! That is like reading half a sentence and then saying "That is not a complete thought." Not very fair.
Alright, so I am looking more for peoples feelings on my work. I have an editor already so I do not need my spelling checked and unless the grammar is horribly off I can take care of that myself too. I will remember to put this at the top of my posted works so everyone knows.
freewritersavvy wrote:Oh and another thing I do not quite get, why do people complain about reading long posts on the internet? No one is forcing you folks to read a certain story or post. If you don't like the length don't read it, simple and easy. ~FW~
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