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Down With Chapters?

Chapters are a literary convention but it doesn’t mean we have to use them. The first writer who springs to mind is Terry Pratchett who rarely used chapters in his adult fiction. 500 more words


Tentative Transitions

There’s a theory that runs that to keep a reader reading every chapter needs to end on a cliff-hanger. Now, I’ve already said this isn’t strictly true because when most people think of cliff-hangers that think of moments of high drama, metaphorically hanging off a cliff. 459 more words


Passing Time

Another way we may break chapters is to indicate the passage of time, this can allow us to collect scenes together and form longer chapters, though not always. 592 more words


The Change of Scene

Some writers like to use their chapter transitions to change the scene, like scenes in a script. In this case the chapters are often short but can vary in length because it depends on how long it takes the action to play out in that scene. 590 more words


Long Versus Short

We may argue that traditionally slower novels have longer chapters and faster novels have shorter chapters, the same sort of principle as paragraphing or sentences, but this isn’t always so. 466 more words


Chipping at Chapters

This week we’re taking our first look at breaking chapters whether by scene, time or not having any at all.


Existing Practitoners - Factual Films about Squirrels Research

I have been researching documentaries about squirrels that are already in existence, to gain ideas and inspiration for my own documentary. They have been helpful with planning for narrative structure.

Existing practitioners SquirrelFilms Notes

Idea Generation