#writetip There a many different ways to write a novel, but one thing most have in common is the story is broken into chapters.
How do you do this?
Do write in chapters, plotting the entire novel ahead of time?
Do you write the novel in scenes and then group them into chapters?
Or, do you write one long scene and then break into scenes and group into chapters?
I tend to write in scenes. This gives me a small section to write. As the saying goes, Inch-by-Inch, Life’s a Cinch. I find it less overwhelming to write a scene than attempting an entire novel.
Once I’ve completed a draft and have all my scenes printed, I try grouping them into themes. If I can give several scenes one name, then I make it a chapter. If I can’t, then I look for another way to group scenes. I don’t focus on the length of a chapter. I think it’s more important to have the grouping right than to have consistent chapter lengths.