Analytics and narratology – part 1

4 thoughts on “Analytics and narratology – part 1”

  1. Can you analyse the drop-outs of this blog?

    Interesting stuff, Jimmy. I’d say it’s distraction most of the time, although I’ve got to the point in my life where I’ll give up on a book that’s not doing it for me, rather than ploughing on through sheer steadfastness.

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  2. Interesting points, but also pleasing to see that the drop-outs are not huge. Were you losing 20% of readers at each section break then there’d be something to worry about. As it is, I think you’re probably losing readers who want to get out of the story already, and the section break gives them an opportunity to do so. The question for writers is how to use this info? Like most things, it’s probably a case of cutting a balance between section breaks, to break up the text and give that sense of accomplishment, but also not too many. Otherwise readers may feel like they’re on the slow train home, and wish they’d taken the express!

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    1. “As it is, I think you’re probably losing readers who want to get out of the story already, and the section break gives them an opportunity to do so.”

      Yes, I think that’s probably what’s happening.

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