Wednesday: What is a chapter?

I’m not quite sure.  I know some write novels chapter by chapter, but with my first draft, I went straight through and broke it up into chapters later.

This site emphasizes that chapters should end in a way that creates suspense for readers, which is something that I’m not sure I’ve ever heard articulated before.  It makes sense.  I think of a chapter as a kind of stand alone unit, but I suppose it should also encourage readers to continue on to the next chapter ASAP.  Otherwise, it’d be more like a short story.


~ by Clickity Clack on March 30, 2011.

5 Responses to “Wednesday: What is a chapter?”

  1. I agree! I make chapter breaks whenever I want to add suspense 🙂

  2. I’ve heard of finishing a chapter in a way to add suspense or make the reader want to move on to the next one. But in my opinion you worry about that kind of stuff when you start editing, not when you are actually getting the story out in a first draft. However, everyone is different.

  3. Consider also the first sentence/paragraph of that next chapter. It should draw your reader into the chapter as surely as the first sentence/paragrapsh of the book draws the reader into the book.

    The Fiction Side: The Storyteller
    The Non-Fiction Side: Word & Spirit

  4. I didn’t divide my book into chapters until after the first read through. I am so new to this that I wasn’t sure how to do it once I set myself to the task. I have to check out the article you reference.

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