I am not sure if this fits completely into the "plot development" subforum, but since it is about the pacing and story of my book I figured this would be the best forum to post it. If I am wrong, mods, do feel free to whoop it into another section. I was wondering if it is acceptable, especially in in modern novels , to take short side roads from the main plot and insert stories in between. These stories do not follow the main plot line but are somewhat like short stories about the size of a regular chapter, that adhere to the theme, time/setting of the book but feature characters that are not included in the main storyline (Although references to the main plot, and vice versa are included). Since it is a fantasy novel, I thought it a good idea to feature these stories in between, so as to clarify some more on the setting and world in which it takes place. Most of these are about legends and history. Note; these are not infodumps, and all of them have a small plot of their own, but they more like illuminate a side of the world that does not get too much attention in the main storyline (which is more about politics, the now-and-here and character development of the MC's.) In a bout of inspiration I started this project writing some of these and I feel they capture the essence of the world and setting perfectly. Would feel terrible to have them scrapped. Now, I don't want to overdo this so as not to interfere with the main story too much, so I had a buildup of something like this in mind; Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Story 1 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Story 2 etc... What do you think about this? Is it acceptable? Would it ruin the pace and draw readers out too much? I think they are certainly worthy of including, so if this layout would lead to people putting the book down I could always add them as some kind of addendums, or a seperate bundle of stories.