Write. Write more. Finish the story. Put in chapter breaks when you feel it fits the flow but don’t stop to figure out where they go until the story is complete.  When you type “the end” you’re ready to think about chapters. Make a list of the chapters and how many pages are in each.

See if any chapters are really long and break those up to fit the cadence of the book. I don’t try to make all the chapters the same length. Instead I focus on natural breaks where characters can leave you hanging or are splitting up to head down different paths.

I make an Excel table to do the math for me as shown on the left. Now you’re ready to start the proofing, picking the title, writing the teaser, and pushing forward to make this your best book or story yet.

Happy Writing from Pat Sawtelle