It’s always important to make notes. That way, when you forget one of your notes, you always have the chance to stumble back across it and remember. Take this evening for example. As I was preparing to work on the novel, I was flipping through my notebook (i.e. three-ring binder), looking over my revision notes and such, when I stumbled upon a chapter summary for a chapter I wanted to add fairly early in the book…which I had yet to write.
The chapter fit perfectly after Chapter 10, so the Chapter 11 I wrote two days ago became Chapter 12.
This new Chapter 11 was only 1,254 words, coming in at five pages, but it didn’t need to be any longer. When I originally wrote my manuscript, my goal for each chapter was 2,000 words. The average was 2,099.
Like the new Chapter 7, the Chapter 11 I wrote tonight did not appear in the manuscript I sent to my beta readers. Neither did Chapters 12, 13, and possibly 14…depending on how the events chronicled therein play out. I feel the additions make for a more enjoyable story, but then again, I may be a bit biased.
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