Another editing trick is looking at your chapters in terms of whitespace. Look at the whitespace to text ratio on the printed copy. This is a great way to identify with the reader.

Whitespace is where the reader’s eyes take a quick break or where they absorb what they’ve read.

Our eyes instinctively search out whitespace. Being able to recognize a good text to whitespace balance is almost an art form.

When in doubt, find a book you really enjoyed reading and examine the balance. You will find that your eyes need a rest, especially when reading children’s books. It matters.

You want a mix of both whitespace and dark text. Too much whitespace on a page means that you wrote too much dialogue and one-liners and not enough paragraph narrative. Too much dark text causes readers will start skimming.

Paragraphs should be broken into readable chunks.