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Yes. I do this.

Not only separate chapters, but also separate scenes within chapters.

I use yWriter5. I set up a project folder, so that it saves the whole thing in one big file. But then I create 30 sub folders inside of the one big folder. Make each of these: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, etc, to Day 30.

I do this because it generally takes me 25 to 35 days to create a first draft of a 300,000 word novel, writing about 10,000 words a day.

Inside of each of these Day folders, I create 10 additional folders. I title these Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc, all the way to Chapter 300. No my final manuscript that goes to press doesn't have 300 chapters. I usually consolidate it down to between 75 to 90 chapters by the time I reach the final manuscript (which is usually about 17 drafts and about 8 months, after writing the initial first draft in the first 30 day period).

Inside of each of these are 25 additional sub folders, titled Scene 1, Scene 2, etc.

I then write the novel one scene at a time, and am able to write at any point, beginning, middle, or end, in any order. I am not forced to write the story straight through this way. This also makes the editing and revising process easy, because I can work on one section at a time, and not have to scroll through one big file trying to remember which sections I've already edited. After editing each scee I change the title to

  • Scene 1 - 1st edit done
  • Scene 5 - spellchecked
  • Scene 10 - 3rd revision complete
  • etc.

Thus I know at a glance, which parts are in which stages of editing and what needs to be worked on next. (Keeping in mind that while it takes me only about 3 weeks to write the story; it takes me 5 to 8 months to edit and revise it, and it will go through 12 to 17 drafts before reaching it's final manuscript to be published.)

And by using yWriter5, I don't have to worry about copying all the files and pasting them into a final file, as the program does that for me.

yWriter5 is lightyears above, beyond, and better then Scrivener. If you've never tried it, I highly recommend you do.


This by the way, is "The 13 Step Method To Writing" expanded for use with Epic Fantasy (epic fantasy = a Fantasy novel over 500 published pages long also known as Epic Length Fantasy).

I created The 13 Step Method To writing for NaNoWriMo 2006, for writing the first draft of a short story in 13 days. The method is this:

Create a folder, inside it create 13 folders (Day 1 to Day 13), inside each of those create 13 sub folders (Chapters 1 to 13), inside each of those create 13 sub-sub folders (scenes 1 to 13). Every day for 13 days, write 13 scenes each of 130 words long. That brings you to have written 1,690 words a day or 21,970 words in 13 days.

In doing this you can write the first drafts of 3 short stories a month.

At the time I created it I had designed it for short story writers, who were having trouble with finding time to write. By breaking up the story into lots of super tiny sections, and writing 100 words here and 100 words there throughout the day, it helps people with busy lives to get their writing done in quick 5 to 10 minute breaks throughout the day, instead of typing all at once in 2 or 3 hour long sections of the day.

By saving each scene in a separate folder, it allows them to write a full scene, without having to remember where they left off last time. It also allows them to write any place within the story instead of having to write straight through beginning to end.

The reason for using yWriter5 with this, is because it allows you to sort all your mini-folders together into one big folder, lets you drag and drop to rearrange them, and when it comes time to turn it into a manuscript, it's as simple as clicking a single button and in 10 seconds it spits out one big file for you, so you don't have to go through the trouble of opening each folder and copy/pasting the text into your final document.

So you can create hundreds of tiny files, one for each scene, then when you are ready to publish, it automatically puts then into one final draft document for you.

>Also, what are your average chapter sizes. Is 1k works much too short for a chapter?

Each of my scenes average 300 to 700 words. There are many scenes per chapter. Each of my chapters averages around 4,000 to 6,000 words. I have around 75 chapters per novel.

Also:

  • short story = anything under 40,000 words (think Bunnicula)
  • novella = 40,000 to 75,000 words (think Stephen King's Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption)
  • light novel = 75,000 to 90,000 words (think Nancy Drew)
  • full length novel = 120,000 to 300,000 words (think Harlequin Romances on the 120k end and Harry Potter on the 300k end)
  • epic length novel = 300,000 to 500,000 words (think most Fantasy novels, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Stephen King's It and Insomnia)

And a printed paperback books has on average 312 words per page. This varies though depending on font type, font size, margins, bleed, trim cut, etc. And can be as little as 100 words to a page or as many as 500 words to a page. When figuring an estimated page count for your manuscript, industry standard is to assume 312 words per page, to get a rough pre-publication estimated page count.

Most published novels have 20 to 90 chapters.

To estimate a good chapter size for your novel, take your final word count, and divide it by 75. If that seems too short, then try 45 instead.

In other words...

  • a 300,000 word novel
  • 300,000/75= 75 chapters of 4,000 words each
  • 300,000/45 = 45 chapters of 6,000 words each

So in your example, a novel with 1,000 words per chapter, if it was a 300,000 word novel, would have 300 chapters.

As a general rule in the publishing industry, the longer the novel then the longer the chapters.

So for example a 50,000 word short story, divided by 1,000 word chapters would have 50 chapters. Which is pretty typical. 50 chapters is not uncommon in published stories, novellas, and novels.

However, 1,000 word chapters in a 300,000 word epic novel is going to have a mega huge 300 chapters, which is not impossible, but most publishers are going to tell you to beef up the chapters to get the chapter count in the more standard range of 45 to 75 chapters.

A common technique used by many publishers is to have the novel divided into 30 chapters. The reason for this, is the assumption that the average reader reads 1 chapter a night before bed and takes 1 month to read a novel.

If you are dealing with a publisher who does the 30 chapter thing, to figure out how many words to put in each chapter, divide your total word count by 30.

  • 50,000/30 = 30 chapters of 1,667 words each
  • 90,000/30 = 30 chapters of 3,000 words each
  • 120,000/30 = 30 chapters of 4,000 words each
  • 300,000/30 = 30 chapters of 10,000 words each

Often the author has no say in chapters. Many publishers have their editing staff divide your book up as they see fit. And this may result in awkward reading chapter endings.

Also, if you are planning to self-publish the end word count of your story doesn't matter, but if you are looking to trade publish with a big press, there are exactly ZERO publishers who will look at a manuscript of under 120,000 words long. If you are under 120k words, you'll have to look into small indie press publishers or self publish or re-write your story until it is 120,000 words long.


SOURCE: Forty years of personal experience working in the publishing industry. I published my first book in 1978; was the editor of a magazine for several years; worked for a newspaper (Portland Press Herald/Boston Globe) for 21 years; and in the 39 years since 1978, I have gone on to publish 6,000+ non-fiction articles, 2,000+ short stories, 130+ novels, 30+ non-fiction books, a few dozen stage plays, and a few comic book scripts for Disney's Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge comic books. I've been working with publishers of varying sizes from the mega huge corps to the super tiny mom&pop indies, and have also published books in vanity press and self-publishing as well as traditional trade publishing.


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  1. Amphibious Aliens: The Story of Etiole & The World's Most Haunted Car
  2. The GoldenEagle: An Auto-biography of the World's Most Haunted Car
  3. Medieval Servants: Their jobs and their place in historical fiction.
  4. How Long is 50,000 Words?
  5. On being a handicapped CosPlayer at PortCon Maine 2017
  6. Stephen King's The Thinner and The Gypsies Of Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  7. Writing Mute Characters
  8. Flamboyant Nipples: The KKK's New Gay Hating Site About Old Orchard Beach | The Site That Makes Fun of Terrorist Hate Crimes
  9. Writing Dares Random Generator
  10. Don't put flyers on people's cars...
  11. The Saco River Curse
  12. Our Primary Site Topic Is Small Penis? Reaching #1 on Page 1 of Google.
  13. Help FBI End Anti-Gay White Power Terrorist Attacks of Old Orchard Beach
  14. Creating Character Profiles | Meet The Characters | Who Is Quaraun?
  15. Introduction To The Quaraun Series: aka Too Gay For Old Orchard Beach
  16. The Dazzling Razzberry aka EelKat's Autism Awareness Car
  17. Autism, Asperger, PTSD, & Mad Cow: Writing Clinical Insanity Accurately | What is wrong with Quaraun? 
  18. Quaraun Free To Read Online Complete Chapter Index In Chronological Order
  19. Necromancy: Fact Vs Fiction; Or How Can You Be A Necromancer In Real Life?
  20. 600 Pages: Epic Big Super Sized Novels and Why You Should Never Write One
  21. Why Crude Adult Comedy and Pink Humor Yaoi Is Not Erotica
  22. The FBI In Old Orchard Beach, Maine Trying To Capture A Domestic Terrorist
  23. One Gypsy's Review of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
  24. The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach - page 1 (Online Release of Banned Book)
  25. Autism, Asperger's, And The Danger of The Self-Diagnosis
  26. Spell Casting Side Effects: Magic In Quaraun's Universe | Author Interview
  27. What Type of Music Does A Gypsy Listen To? My Top 10 Favorite Bands
  28. Beware of White Men In Gypsy Clothing: Fake Psychic Scams
  29. How long does it take to hit 1667 words?
  30. How to Write A Kiss
  31. Phookas
  32. Creating Character Profiles | Meet The Characters | Who Is GhoulSpawn?
  33. Albino Races - Moon Elves In The Quaraun Series
  34. Daily Writing Prompts (June 2017 Archive)
  35. My 30th Anniversary of Being Transgender
  36. Why Are The Quaraun Books Rated M18+
  37. How to Write Hot Sex - Tips For Erotic Romance Authors
  38. The Zaharam-Chapelle-Parunas Ethnographical World Building Questionnaire
  39. The Jiggler & The G-String Teddy Bears | The Adventures of Quaraun The Insane
  40. What exactly makes an Elf an Elf? (What is the definition of an Elf?)
  41. Online Income: The Reality vs The Fantasy
  42. World's Most Haunted Car Merchandise
  43. I Am Not GhoulSpawn | Excerpt From Rose Garden of The Pink Necromancer
  44. Old Orchard Beach Hate Crimes
  45. BoomFuzzy Chapter 1 (Novel Excerpt - Quaraun The Insane)
  46. How can your books have gay transvestite characters and not be Erotica? or Why are gay haters beating up elderly woman for wearing pink for breast cancer awareness and saying she's a transexual because only transexuals wear pink?
  47. EelKat's Guide To NaNoWriMo Featuring The 13 Step Method To Writing
  48. Autism and the Stigmas - Why Can’t You Accept Me As Me?
  49. Maine UFO Sightings
  50. Page 11 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach - The Scottish Traveller Crime Family
  51. Psychedelics In A 'High' High Fantasy World (High Elves Getting High)
  52. KBoards, The NaNoWriMo ML Rumor & The Vindictive Stalker
  53. Writing Racist Characters VS The Ku Klux Klan In Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  54. Captured By The Lich Lord | The Night of The Screaming Unicorn
  55. How To Build A Magic System
  56. I've everything but a kitchen sink. Wait, how'd that sink get in my pocket?
  57. Stephen King's Thinner Gypsies & The Ku Klux Klan of Old Orchard Beach
  58. Autistic Characters In Fiction
  59. City of The Slushies | Chapter 7 | Quaraun The Insane
  60. Manuscript Reading Services or Will You Read My Book and Tell Me What You Think?
  61. Suicide, Rape, and Abuse In The Quaraun Series
  62. Wizards vs Witches vs Sorcerers: How are they different? | Writing Fantasy Books
  63. FRED: Google's Most Deadly Update Ever?
  64. How To Write A Novel: Question Everything Before Putting It In Your World
  65. Content writing: How long do you spend creating a quality blog post?
  66. SBI: To Review or Not to Review? That Is The Question
  67. Twerking Dragons: The Joys Of Writing A Novel With A Voice Recorder
  68. A Day At Witch Pond & Fleeing To The Forest | Summoner of Darkness
  69. Transgender, Transsexual, Transvestite, or Intersex: What Is Quaraun?
  70. Sheep | GhoulSpawn The Crazed & The Rose Garden of The Pink Necromancer
  71. Colour Magic - Gypsy Style
  72. Ideas, Ideas, Ideas (Where Do You Get Them?)
  73. Keywords & Pigeons: How I Do Local Business Marketing
  74. Quaraun & Autism In Fantasy Novels
  75. The Signs Of Old Orchard Beach & The FBI Investigation Of The Town Hall
  76. Tom Addams & The Warrior's Forum
  77. A Field of Poppies On The Road To Witch Pond | Summoner of Darkness
  78. An Elf and a Lich in the Gingerbread Pit | The Night of The Screaming Unicorn
  79. Markiplier Jacksepticeye and Pewdiepie Play Resident Evil 7
  80. Santa Claus: Lich Of The North Pole (Includes NSFW 18+ CBT Yaoi scene)
  81. A Motorhome named 'No Hurry' becomes Rosebud & The Story of Ten Kidnapped Cats
  82. Create Original Content aka I Hate Jackass Gutter Scum Thieves
  83. Lost In a Space That Isn't There: Going North To Head South
  84. An Elf Gone Mad: The Rise of The Pink Necromancer
  85. Aspergers is NOT Autism
  86. Is The Quaraun Series Erotica? - No! Here's why...
  87. Summoner of Darkness: GhoulSpawn and Quaraun Trapped With A Phooka
  88. The Dungeon Master & The 1974 AMC Gremlin
  89. The Lich's True Form Revealed | The Night of The Screaming Unicorn
  90. Using work you already started for national novel writing month?
  91. World-building In The Quaraun Series: Creating a Fantasy World
  92. Books in Vacationland 2017
  93. BoomFuzzy's Gingerbread House From Hell
  94. Lets Playing Is No Longer Fun
  95. Santa's Floating Dead Body | A Scene From The Summoner of Darkness
  96. The Banshee Sisters: Bean-Nighe and Ben-Neeyah In the Swamp of Death
  97. The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach - page 2 (Online Release of Banned Book)
  98. What vlogging equipment is needed to get started as a YouTube vlogger?
  99. April 2015 Update: Too Gay For Old Orchard Beach: The Kidnapped Cats
  100. Betta Fish Aesthetic on Pinterest
  101. Domain Name Branding: Should You Put Your Brand Name In Your URL?
  102. Life As A YouTuber: How To Earn An Income From Making Videos
  103. Making YouTube Videos: How did you decide what content to make?
  104. Page 4 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach
  105. Twighilight Not Twilight
  106. YouTube Index
  107. Amphibious Aliens: My health since the stroke and Etiole . . .
  108. Are You A Satan Worshiper?
  109. Average Typing Speed
  110. Custom Leggings - Designs By EelKat
  111. Ernest Hemingway Style of Writing Literary Fiction Used In Epic Fantasy Novels
  112. Google Flagged Your Site! What To Do? (Help For Web Masters)
  113. How valuable is a writer’s group?
  114. Lives Destroyed: Amphibious Aliens 10th Anniversary Update
  115. Lost In a Space That Isn't There: Santa's Letter To Satan
  116. Summoner of Darkness: Quaraun Meets The Gremlin
  117. The Terrorists of Old Orchard Beach Put My Dad In a Coma
  118. Using Yahoo Answers to promote your book and author website.
  119. What Is This Site?
  120. You Stole My Idea - I was writing a book, but you already wrote it 10 years ago!
  121. City of The Slushies | Chapter 1 | Quaraun The Insane
  122. Creative Writing Story Prompts: September 2017 Edition
  123. Dungeons and Dragons: The Joys Of Calculating Gold Weight In AD&D 2ed
  124. Fabric Designed By EelKat
  125. My Fave YouTubers Play: Dream Daddy - The Yaoi Dad Dating Sim Otome Game
  126. Necromancy: How will resurrection affect society as a whole?
  127. Page 7 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach
  128. Pink Flowers Aesthetic on Pinterest
  129. The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach - page 12 (Online Release of Banned Book)
  130. What will a traveler encounter on the roads in your world?
  131. Are you insane? Am I? Let's Find Out...
  132. Becoming A Better Writer: How to write interesting dialogue.
  133. Character Creation
  134. Copper Cockeral Cards & Gifts
  135. Elves, Drugs, and Opium: A Look At The Drug Use In The Quaraun Books
  136. How To Stay Motivated To Write | Writing Fantasy Books
  137. Jewelry Fashions in Moon Elf Culture | World Building | Writing Fantasy Books
  138. Keyword Marketing - What to do when your best keywords are low demand
  139. Magic Systems and How to Build Them | Writing Fantasy Books
  140. NaNoWriMo Overachievers: How did you do it?
  141. Quaraun Cover Art Gallery | Fantasy Novel Book Cover Art
  142. Quaraun The Insane : Zebulon's Captive: The Last of The Moon Elves
  143. SEO Advantages of Embedding YouTube Videos On Your Website
  144. Summoner of Darkness: A Tavern Scene - Chastity Cages, and Whores
  145. Summoner of Darkness: The Return of ZooLock (free to read online)
  146. Twighlight Not Twilight Part 2
  147. Vanishing Books Update - Why 27 of my books were deleted off Amazon
  148. What is a God in Your Universe? | World Building | Writing Fantasy Books
  149. Writing Maine: How To Write About Maine Life Accurately
  150. What the Ocean Gives Me (How Things In Your Life Affect Your Writing)
  151. City of The Slushies | Chapter 14 | Quaraun The Insane
  152. February 10, 2008 - Harassment Continues in Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  153. How does a bestselling book become a bestseller?
  154. Marriage in Moon Elf Culture | World Building | Writing Fantasy Books
  155. People are not interested in long winded copy
  156. September 26, 2017 - The Latest Attack By The KKK on The Thinner Gypsies
  157. Spending Money To Make Money Online? Should You Do It?
  158. Summoner of Darkness: The Demon Cultists and The Coming of The Darkness
  159. Summoner of Darkness: The Map of The Town (novel free to read online)
  160. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY | Completionist Run: Episode 01
  161. Trespassers: April 2007 Updates
  162. Turning Scenes, Into Stories & Writing Travelogue Style Fantasy Books
  163. Where To Get Endless Ideas For Short Stories, Novels, and Articles
  164. Writing Controversial Books: Political Correctness & White Supremacists
  165. Are Bad Reviews Good For You?
  166. Branding Yourself While Avoiding The Scams | EelKat On Content Writing
  167. Child Sacrifice in Fantasy Novels | Writing Fantasy Books
  168. How to Handle Writing Fantasy-Horror That Features Violence Against Children
  169. How would you explain your Fantasy world to a stranger?
  170. Page 6 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach
  171. Summoner of Darkness: HellBorne The Evil, Lord of Black Tower
  172. The return of Friends Are Forever - Banned and Burned it's about to be reborn!
  173. Why do Lovecraftian beings come to earth?
  174. Writing Prompts Syndrome?
  175. Autism = The Crazy Cat Woman of Maine
  176. Autism: Understanding what is really going on inside the child’s head.
  177. But what exactly IS a full time income?
  178. Content Marketing & writing: How I write content for my website
  179. Do you write a novel start-to-finish?
  180. GhoulSpawn and The Lich Lord's Lover: How To Kill a Lich
  181. How is it that the church leaders are claiming you do not pay tithes?
  182. How To Write A Novel: In what order do you create your world?
  183. I loved my children but I loved BoomFuzzy more | From Quaraun The Insane
  184. My Two Favorite People: FarDarrig and The Baby That Never Should Have Been
  185. Need help writing characters of color | EelKat on racist white readers
  186. Quaraun and the Amazon Adult Filter
  187. Quaraun GhoulSpawn and The Lich Lord's Lover: The Lover's Triangle
  188. Summoner of Darkness: Where Are You Hiding That Horse?
  189. Tired of people who don’t care. :( Tired of the harassment. :(
  190. What would happen if an Elf adopted a Human baby? | Writing Fantasy Books
  191. Page 10 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach
  192. Page 3 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach
  193. Page 8 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach
  194. SCRIPT FRENZY 2010: I WON! & Psycho Stalker Attacks
  195. Wristlets, Wrist Bags, Mini Clutch, Cosmetic Bags, and Designer Mini Purses
  196. Writing Your Novel: Do you save chapters as individual files?
  197. Are old AD&D adventures still any use to current players?
  198. Autistics Have Feelings Too & Diverse Books Rant
  199. Be True To You: YouTube Gamers: "Faking" a personality until you make it?
  200. City of The Slushies | Chapter 10 | Quaraun The Insane
  201. HEA in Erotica (Should You Write Happily Ever Afters?)
  202. Stephen King's Thinner Gypsies



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