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I've been lurking here for a month plus, and getting ready to set up a more official account, and tell my story and so forth. I currently have a very long draft that I intend to revise and cut the fat, etc. I've recently read at least 100+ threads here on the forum sections, and I know there's some really long stories and comments, etc. But I don't want to overdo it where if it's too long, it may be a turnoff and lose readers.
I read the thread at Forum > Introduction > Welcome, Background Info, and Abbreviations >Forum Guidelines but didn't see anything about posting length.
Any advice or recommendation on word count, character, or paragraph limits?
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I can already tell you're one of us - overly sensitive and worried about criticism and positive feedback. Welcome to the club!
Maybe it's not so much the story, as it is the long-winded and verbose teller of the story! I reckon my story is average joe/fair-to-midland. :)
3-part cliffhanger - I like it! I guess I'll try that approach. Still, I'm working on trimming the fat. I'm the over-analytical type that it may take me a few more weeks till I feel ready to publish.
I already have a few catch phrases that might make for good sub-titles, like "Dopamine Famine" and "Perfect Storm"
Here's my intro:
"To this day, I tell myself it must have been a ‘love at first sight’ kinda thing when I met neighbor (LO) 5 years ago. I’m pretty sure, I was smitten from the beginning. I was immediately attracted to her, and in the months and years that followed, what I experienced and felt with/for her couldn’t hold a candle to other ‘crushes’ or ‘infatuations’ I’d had – all of which were mere child’s play compared to this.
Not only physical attraction; I was drawn to her – personality, intellect, sense of humor, value system, good wife and mother, and so on."
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