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Some time ago, I posted on a writing forum that I liked taking a page (no pun intended) from my favorite fantasy author, by beginning and ending each chapter of the fantasy series I was working on at the time with something exciting. Imagine my surprise when I opened my inbox the next day to find I’d received comments about how this little tactic was “extremely amateurish.” I was insulted, but mostly confused. I thought, isn’t it an author’s goal, as well as a reader’s delight, to keep the pages rapidly turning? I told my writer’s club about it and, aside from troll reassurance, they suggested that some people simply like to take a breather from the excitement more frequently than others. One friend in particular said that, to him, each chapter is a book of its own, and he can’t afford to stay up all night finding out what happens next.

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