Jonesin’ for Symmetry

So, I’ve sent Part 1 of my memoir off to my first set of beta readers.  Part 2 is with my husband.  I’ve organized the material for Part 3 to be consistent with the chapter lengths and styles of Parts 1 and 2, even though it will be a manifesto instead of a story.

Here’s the problem:  Part 1 is 18 chapters long.  Part 3 fell out to be exactly 18 chapters long, too, though that could change as it’s drafted.  Part 2, on the other hand, is 24 chapters long.

Jonesin’ is an American colloquialism for craving or wanting.  I want symmetry!  If Parts 1 & 3 didn’t match up so nicely and if I didn’t know Part 2 was a bit cumbersome in spots, then this feeling probably wouldn’t be so strong.  As it is, my mind is grappling with the unwieldy task of finding a way to eliminate 1/4th of Part 2, even though it’s time to let it sit and be and be read by someone else’s eyes for a change.

Advice?

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About Stephanie Allen Crist

Stephanie created and produces ComeSootheYourAchingSoul.com in answer to a call from God to use her experiences and gifts to help others. Stephanie is also the author of www.StephanieAllenCrist.com and two books that can be found on that site. Stephanie strives to share her love, faith, and talents in an inclusive manner to help others who know spiritual pain and who know the bitter taste of the dregs of despair.
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