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Novel Progress: Not There Yet But Oh-So-Close and Ruminating About the Nature of Chapters

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Did not manage to make it to zero draft on Taijiya yesterday, but gods-monkeys-and-nematodes I’m close. There were more loose ends than I realized, and the denouement turned into the last chapter.

Funny thing about chapters, don’t really use them much in short works. It’s been a learning curve just sorting out where to start and end them for Taijiya. I figured they’d be where the scenes break–where I stick the little “#” in short works–and to some extent that’s true. But there’ve also been a slew of times when I’ve realized, “Oh, I should’ve started a new chapter here,” when I’m still in the same scene but I’ve had a break in pacing. To use a role-playing geek metaphor, it’s like coming to the end of an encounter but you’re still in the dungeon surrounded by baddies.

Put down 600 new words and did much cleanup of the 2.2K from Monday. Going to try to hammer out the rest of the chapter today. Never has a road to zero draft been longer.


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On October 20th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC), threeoutside commented:
It pleases me you included nematodes.
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On October 20th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC), cdennismoore commented:
Of the three novels I've somehow managed to write, the first two were easy to find chapter breaks; each day was a new chapter. The latest was a different matter, though.
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