AKA the Chapter vs. Scene Post
When you write, do you divide your novel into chapters first?
I do and I’m trying to wean myself of the habit. I divide my NaNo novels into 30 chapters, one for each day of the month. This year, I titled the chapters before I started writing. Because my novel deals with the dangers of the Internet and putting too much personal information out there, I named the chapters after some of the Rules of the Internet.
But I don’t like writing by chapters anymore. This year, I’m going to get to 50k on my NaNo novel before the 30th (knock on wood), but I’ll still be writing up until the 30th because I won’t have finished all my chapters until then.
Maybe I’ll just compress the last few chapters into one. I really shouldn’t be so dependent on chapters – I write by chapter rather than scene. That ends up being an error. Sometimes I end up with needless chapters that are mostly description – that’s a flaw in my planning.
Hopefully some good revision will take care of that – maybe I’ll finally learn to write by scene rather than by chapter. It’s just that I’m too dependent on them. I need to start thinking in terms of scene…
This article was really good and helped me out a lot in seeing the difference. Maybe it’ll help you. Darcy Pattison also did a really good series on writing scenes – I believe all the articles are on her website.
Happy writing to everyone! 🙂