Structure

How Long Should My Chapters Be?

Chapters are strange creatures, used to divide up books into more manageable chunks. They mostly exist for those who have enough self-control not to read a whole novel in a sitting but they also serve to keep the reader in the story, prevent information overload, and help the author to adjust the pacing of the story and create suspense. But how long should they be?

Plot

Should I Plot or Pants?

What kind of person are you? Are you the kind that has all their documents filed in order, in-trays and out-trays on your immaculate desk, and a pinterest-worthy, minimalistic workspace ready to go at a moment’s notice? Or are you someone with paperwork scattered everywhere and a hundred mismatched pens, the sort who never tidies up because if they did, they’d never be able to find anything?