NaNoWriMo Post #17

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! 🙂

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Post #17

  1. Rik Scott (Uphill Writing) gave advice to novice NaNoWriMoers to aim for more than 50K ~ because often that length is not enough to fully embrace the novels themes.

    It may be that you still need to write all 30 chapters, but not necessarily during the month of November.

    Keep writing, enjoying the journey, and see where your final scene occurs.

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    1. Thanks for the advice! I’ll try to finish all the chapters before the month is over (I think my final word count will probably end up somewhere around 56k) because, honestly, I really don’t like this novel. But I do think it’s revisable, so I’ll see where that takes me. 🙂

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