Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hailey's Novel Diary – 6/7/17

The beach scene is finished. It took a while. And with it, so is chapter 5. For now.

I know I'm going to go back to chapter 5 sooner or later. For one thing, it's four times longer than any of the other chapters. I'm a firm believer that a chapter should be however long it is. They shouldn't all be the same size. But when you have one that's four times longer than the others, it really stands out. If that's what the story needs, so be it. But it's not in this case.

Let's take Harmony On Spring Hill as an example. Mostly because I have the information in front of me. The shortest chapter is 3,736 words. The longest is 8,181. They're clearly not all the same. But that was never intentional.

Then there's Weekends In China. The average chapter is 5,500 words. The shortest is 4,100. The longest is 6,690. They're all relatively the same length. But that was not intentional either.

It's too soon to say how this one will work out in the end.


From Here to Eternity
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
© 1953 Columbia Pictures


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