How do you know when to end a chapter and start a new?

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Re: How do you know when to end a chapter and start a new?

Post by ninafromnorway » September 16th, 2010, 3:31 am

I write in chapters, and to me it just comes naturally where the chapter should end or begin.
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Re: How do you know when to end a chapter and start a new?

Post by arbraun » September 16th, 2010, 3:17 pm

Thanks, Nathan.

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Re: How do you know when to end a chapter and start a new?

Post by J. T. SHEA » September 16th, 2010, 3:25 pm

I can't say I consciously follow the three act chapter structure proposed by Nathan, but I seem to fall into something like it anyway, except I put my frequent chapter breaks where other writers might just skip a line. Likewise my short paragraphs, typically three or four sentences, and even the sentences themselves. Each has a beginning, middle, and end.

When rereading, I feel inclined to subdivide even further. In particular, I have made little use so far of the single sentence paragraph, which can be overdone (like all things) but can make a great impact.

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