This is how I write my chapters – I think of them as scenes in a movie. However, they always seem to end up being around 2,000 words…which I find odd, andMessage 1 of 7 , Nov 30, 2006View Source
This is how I write my chapters – I think of them as scenes in a movie. However, they always seem to end up being around 2,000 words…which I find odd, a
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Again, it depends . It s like asking how long should a piece of string be = as long as it needs to be. If you pick up a handful of novels you might find thatMessage 1 of 7 , Dec 2 6:50 AMView SourceAgain, 'it depends'. It's like asking how long should a piece of
string be = as long as it needs to be.
If you pick up a handful of novels you might find that each of them
has chapters of a more-or-less equal length but some books have
shorter ones, others longer ones, and the writer's own style will do
much to dictate length as much as it does voice. And the intent of
the specific chapter has a lot to do with its length - what does it
take to tell this part of the story?
If you're wanting to know what others recommend re. novel-writing
and fiction, try the following:
The Weekend Novelist by Robert Ray & ?
Writing the Breakout Novel - by Donald Maas (and its companion
A Story is a Promise by Bill Johnson
A Passion for Narrative by Jack Hodgins
Hope this helps.
--- In email@example.com, Claire De Boer <claireis@...>
> This is how I write my chapters I think of them as scenes in a
> However, they always seem to end up being around 2,000 words whichI
> find odd, and worry that they may be too short. Does length matter,Clendening
> Lois, as long as the scene works?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Heather
> Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2006 3:39 PMrather
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [surreywriters] Re: literary events
> That is a "perfect" explanation. Thank you very much. I sensed
> like you describe...that it is almost an intuitive thing, but Ifound
> myself "bombarded" with rules at some of the SiWC sessions andthis was
> not covered.occur
> It is so helpful to have someone like you to consult.
> H. Clendening
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Lois <mailto:lpwordsolutions@...> Peterson
> To: surreywriters@ <mailto:email@example.com>
> Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2006 12:25 PM
> Subject: [surreywriters] Re: literary events
> I'll put my ten cents' worth in. How about 'it depends'?
> If you think of your novel as a movie, a chapter ending might
> when you want to move the reader on to the next scene, when thetransition
> screen goes dark if only for a second, or the camera angle shifts.
> This could mean you end on a cliff-hanger, or at a natural
> when the story moves on to focus on a new piece of action, orbreather
> character, or a change in time or setting, or when one 'story
> problem' has been resolved and you want the reader to take a
> before you set up the next dramatic action or introduce the nextperhaps
> story problem.
> But hang on, Helen. And maybe others will weigh in with other
> approaches that mght be useful to you in deteremniing when one
> chapter ends and another begins.
> --- In surreywriters@ <mailto:surreywriters%40yahoogroups.com>
> yahoogroups.com, Heather Clendening
> <clendening@> wrote:
> > Hi Sylvia,
> > Just wondered if you could answer a quick ? for me.
> > When writing a novel what determines the end of a Chapter? I
> understand that each chapter is a short story in its own but
> you could clarify it more. I see that the length does vary frombook
> to book.Peter
> > Thanks very much for your help.
> > Heather
> > H. Clendening
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Sylvia Taylor
> > To: sylviataylor@
> > Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 3:25 PM
> > Subject: [surreywriters] literary events
> > Hello Writer-Folks
> > Just a few reminders about several upcoming events and items of
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> > Sylvia
> > Wednesday, November 29, 7 pm.
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> > Thursday, November 30, 7:30 pm.
> > The RAW Exchange Reading Series presents
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> > Wednesday, December 6, 4 to 7 pm.
> > The Alliance for Arts & Culture is throwing an "Arts Fete,"
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> > Thursday, December 7, 7 pm.
> > The Federation is celebrating its 30th anniversary with
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> > Wednesday, December 13, Noon
> > CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION
> > The Canadian Authors Association is holding a Writer's Talent
> Auction with final silent bids at their Christmas no-host Luncheon
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