The length of individual units and the number of chapters

It’s important that individual sections in a book aren’t too long. It’s the same as in movies or on television, when individual shots last only a few tens of seconds or a few minutes at the most and keep changing so that the viewer doesn’t get bored. I use a similar system. Usually, this means three or four different stories, which become more and more interconnected over the course of the book until at a certain point they all come together. The stories are divided into smaller segments, which can range from one to several pages. In this way, the reader’s interest never wanes, as these are extremely readable units that often foreshadow coming events. Usually, I include around 100 numbered chapters in each book. Thus the units are short, from half a page to a few pages.

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