The advice usually goes something like this:
Hook your readers with action right from the start, and then…every single word, sentence, paragraph, and page must drive them through more action — until the end, when readers can barely handle any more excitement!
I understand wanting to write (and read) something that feels like this:
But the roller coaster novel advice totally ignores those who want to write (and read) something that feels like this:
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