Reader Retention: Overwhelming Content and Finicky Doors

Even the most voracious readers sometimes find themselves putting a book down after Chapter 2, never to return. The psychology behind why we abandon some books and not others is fascinating and multifaceted, and is an important topic to think about for authors who need to hold their readers' attention. One theory can explain much of shortened reader interest: the book simply has too much going on. One of my own personal methods is to think of books as a series of doors that the reader must be enticed to open; it's a great way to illustrate how the reader is perceiving things, which is, in many ways, a more important point of view than the author's. Overwhelming a reader can take many form

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