Normally, you would be correct…providing if anyone could tell me what the hell was wrong with the story from that point forward.
“Why did you drop the book after reading only three chapters?”
Nobody would tell me.
Maybe they don’t like the classic “build up” of a really good story, they don’t like the in depth character dynamics, didn’t feel like going on a journey of wonder and discovery…? It could be a whole litany of reasons.
But I do know that it wasn’t because my writing sucked or my spelling and grammar was atrocious or I had numerous mistakes and errors peppered throughout the course of the novel–like everyone else here does.
They just wanted everything wrapped up by the fifth chapter.
which seems to be the SOP for everyone here who has never read All Quiet On The Western Front or Great Expectations.
Bonus question: How do you squeeze a 308,000 word story line into only five chapters?
I could probably do it this way: A vengeful deity wrecks the world and almost everyone dies in the end. THE END.
That could probably solve most of my problems here on this site, but it wouldn’t net me very many readers.
(I’m sorry kids, but you’re going to have to suffer through reading 164 chapters if you want to get the gist of what’s going on. There’s no cutting corners in my book.)