How to write books

You should use section headings, I am told. Your entire manuscript is a set of five-page essays, divided into chapters that are subdivided into sections. Thinking from the ground up, that is a set of five-page essays.

At one per week for 50 weeks that is five chapters of ten sections each, for example. This is a very interesting way to think about it. I tend to find section headings awkward, but I may change my mind.

Axé.

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3 responses to “How to write books

  1. Jonathan Mayhew

    You can use them and then suppress them in the final version if they no longer work for you. A longer chapter needs them (more than 30 pages).

    • Z

      Yes, but I tend to find the piece either lends itself to having them or does not. I don’t like to write with them and then suppress — write with storyboard yes, but in sections no, unless the piece falls into them naturally.

      BUT, that is on the theory that the section is just a section. If one thinks of the section as a freestanding, finished piece, it is a different matter and I am much more interested! 🙂

  2. Jonathan Mayhew

    Yes. It can work to have the sections be autonomous in a more real sense. I am just saying that even if you do it that way you can still decide later to make it a more seamless piece.

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