I have read books that contain as little as one or two words as chapters, but I’ve also read books where the chapters are over 50 pages. When I write, I don’t put my books into chapter because I really don’t know if it’s the right place. Instead I use these “*****” to symbolize breaks. Now, these breaks could or couldn’t be chapters, but I am too paranoid about it not being in the right place, so that’s why I don’t use chapters. What I have problems with are how and when to end and begin a chapter.
I’ve heard that it’s best to put a chapter between scenes, but how do I know what scene I want to put it between? For example, if I’m writing about a certain day or time, do I wait until the next day?
This is so stressful, and I really don’t now why. Maybe I’m making too much of it, but I really want to work on adding chapters. So, if any of you have any advice, I’d really appreciate any help I can get.
Thanks y’all, and Happy Tuesday!
Kate's Bookshelf says
I totally get what you are saying. I think the best course of action is to just let that natural break occur. (so says me, who has no novel written.) I write ‘chapters’ so that I can work on different areas of a book, without having to scan through the whole document. It helps me break it up. But many times I have combined chapters into one, or broken up others because they felt too long.
Isabella Louise Anderson says
Great ideas about the chapters coming naturally. Thanks so much for your comment! Have a great weekend! 🙂