Ana muses about white space on the page.
Do readers' eyes glaze over when they turn the page and see solid blocks of type? Do they skim over long, detailed descriptions of setting or introspection? Do they read every word of a character's soliloquy?
The authors of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers say, "Dialogue adds white space, or at least it should. So when you reread a scene or chapter, be on the lookout for places where your characters make little speeches to one another. In formal dialogue, characters often string together four or five complete, well-formed sentences. In real life, few of us get that far without interruption. So break your dialogue up, write in more give-and-take between your characters, have your characters interrupt one another --and themselves.
"Mechanical decisions about the length of your scenes or chapters can give you more control over your story. Brief scenes or even brief chapters can add to your story's tension, and longer chapters can give it a more leisurely feel. Scenes and chapters have a rhythm.
"That rhythm should not be unvaried. Some writers tend to fall into a rut. And in some cases, the steady rhythm of similarly sized scenes or chapters can reinforce a story's steady forward momentum. But if the scene or chapter length remains steady while the tension of the story varies considerably you are passing up the chance to reinforce the tension your story is depending on."