I am at the end of a critique on Being Human, the draft for that saved into its own file. I've ranted and raved about the roller coaster of emotions this has put me through on this blog and to a few friends. What might surprise you is what bugs me the most.
A few times Marni suggested I put in a break for a time lapse and another time she wondered why I put in a break that wasn't needed. This may not seem a big deal to you and in fact you might agree but let me tell you, it is to me. I have this thing about consistency with my chapters and I've touched on it but this will be a full blown rant. Not at anyone who suggested I put a break here or there mind you.
I am a bit OCD about chapter breaks and lengths to the point of near ridiculousness. It's not so bad that I can't have my chapters or breaks be different lengths but it's pretty damn close. It just rubs me the wrong way and I obsessive over it. I know I don't need to, a reader isn't going to look at my chapters and go, "OMG This chapter is shorter than the one before! This book SUXS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I know that but if I can't get my chapters or breaks to nearly all the same length I get a little nuts.
Example. In my short stories, Path of Angels the first three books go like this. Two chapters in one character's POV, two in another and then at the end it alternates chapters. When this first happened I was upset with switching to alternate chapters for character POV but I calmed on the second and third stories. Then I started on the last story. Right off the back, a few chapters in, I had to switch back to Michael's POV for three or four paragraphs at the end of the chapter. Then towards the end I had to abandon switching POV for a new chapter.
This is driving me nuts thinking about it as I write.
I won't change it, that's how the story works. But I still don't like it. I want consistency! When I write I'm constantly scrolling up to count pages of a chapter then tweek it to make it closer to the same length as the others.
I think someone needs to tell me there are worse things I could obsess over.