Today, class, we're going to talk about chapters. Well, I'm not really going to talk about chapters, I'm going to let you, dear readers, in the comments talk about chapters.
In my latest, greatest, most brilliant EV-UH, WiP, I have short chapters. I'm talking 2 - 4 pages - MAX!! This is new territory for me. Normally, I have some good lengthy chapters. Okay, not truly lengthy, but normally 10 - 25 pages depending on what's occurring with my characters.
So, my first question (yes, there's more than one): Do you write long or short chapters? Why? Yes, I snuck in a second question. It's my right as a blogger!
Third Question: Do you title your chapters?
Normally, I don't. I'm all about Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Five Hundred. I normally (yes, key word, pay attention here) don't do fancy little titles to my chapters. I've tried that route and it hasn't worked for me, so I stick (well, stuck, since the foreshadowing thingy is done with) with that habit.
In my current WiP, I began to insert chapter titles. I don't know why. I don't know how. I just did. Basically, for this WiP (btw, just by reading this blog you've signed a confidentiality agreement and cannot disclose . . . kidding, a bit snarky this morning) I'm using a sentence from within the chapter as a title. For example: You were my greatest hope and my greatest disappointment. Yes, that's an actual title.
Now, when I begin a chapter, I just title the chapter, well, chapter. It is only as I'm writing the chapter that a sentence suddenly leaps out at me and I know the sentence is actual the chapter title.
So, back to my third question: Do you title your chapters?
Fourth Question: If you title your chapters, how do you do so? What's your formula??
I mean, with me, current WiP, it's a sentence from within the chapter that becomes the title. Do you work in the same way? Different? Spill the details in the comments.
As for my current WiP, it is progressing quite well, short chapters and all. I truly wasn't expecting this project to take off, but it did, so I'm not complaining. I'm just writing when I can write, my notepad is by the bed in case I get a spurt of inspiration at 2 AM - hey, it happens, and I'm enjoying the heck out of writing, even though I know I need to work on my query. I think this writing project is a form of procrastination, but, I'm writing, so, well . . .