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6/9/14 9:39 A

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I try to make my chapters around 5K. If it happens, great. If not, that's okay, too. And I always try to end them on a hook, like Elf said.



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6/8/14 6:22 P

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Same with me, I have too may. Once I get it typed, I am going to see what I can fit into one chapter. Like for example, she gets a package and it does not belong to her but she opens it by mistake,then wraps it and takes it to the post office, where a man is complaining he didn't receive his package. She finds out it is his. There was a key in the package and she wonders if it could be used in a robbery. The problem is the man who is looking for the package went to school with her, so he know her and knows she knows about the key. So we jump from the post office to several chapters later her wondering if the phone calls, with no one there are calls from him frightening her. Now, I can't put those close to the same chapter. So I have things like that going on, which makes it difficult, at times, to make the chapters less.

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6/8/14 6:18 P

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Yeah, I'm not sure. The one I'm editing is only just under 70,000 words and has only 25 chapters, so it doesn't seem like that many. Think the 90,000 word one I need to edit next has 35 chapters.

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I do the same with the chapters, some are short and others are long, but I find when you have 80,000 words, there are so many chapters and pages, trying to find a way to condense the chapters. Not always do you find a chapter where you can leave it hanging so readers will want to continue. I just don't think you can do this with all chapters,and it could get borning to the writer trying to do it and lose all thought of the story line.Just from trying to think of how to end it exciting.How can you do that to every chapter, it is impossible? Books I read do not leave a person hanging in every chapter.

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It would be interesting to know how others write their chapters.


Mine vary because when I first started writing because I was all, a chapter should feel like a pause. Then learned you want to end a chapter in a way to make the reader want to keep going, not give them that many places to put the book down. It's okay at times, and works for some, but the preferred is to make it so people struggle to stop reading.

My chapters vary because sometimes I end the chapter as the scene ends, especially in ones where I need to chance the point of view for the next chapter. Other ones, I will end part way in the scene so that the other part of the scene is in the next chapter. And the lengths vary too. Some chapters are less than 2,000 words and others can be as long as 5,000. But I'm still working on figuring out where to divide the story as far as chapters are concerned. Especially in first drafts. Have to always fix that in rewrite.



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Do you use one chapter for one part of the story, and when it changes go to another chapter?
Do you leave a wide space and go on to another part of the story, letting the reader know you are changing who you are talking about, or where the story has changed to? Let us know your opinions on this.

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