Novel Writing

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Writing novels opens wide the doors of perception.

Submitted: October 06, 2017

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We hear much about style, voice, point of view, genre, exposition, foreshadowing, character, plot, climax, and even moral of the story, yet not often is there talk of how many chapters are to be written when composing a novel.  Yours is an important question, thank you for asking it. The answer is, a good number of chapters for a novel is 40 or higher. That is to say, the higher the number of chapters in a novel, the greater readers are going to love it. The reason is because readers want a thrilling novel, especially a horror novel, to last a long time; they don’t want the macabre euphoria of the spooky story to ever end!

Many publishing companies require that a novel be 80,000 words or higher, which, depending on how long the chapters are, will result in a novel consisting of 24 to 30 chapters; so that a 40 chapter novel shall be composed of around 100,000 words. Of course, with Indie Publishing, an author can write a novel with as many or as few chapters as he or she chooses.

When I wrote the novel Bloodstone and Broomcorn: Curse of the W.I.T.C.H., I wrote it to a length of 63 chapters, which makes it an epic, because I realize how seriously intensely truly desperately readers want an exciting frightening creepy suspenseful novel to keep on going!

Generating a high number of chapters for a novel is very easy. The technique I use is psychic driving fueled by the awesome subliminal messaging powers of cognitive association. What I’m saying is, writing a novel with an enormous number of chapters is like witchcraft - it's spell casting. For example, I can easily write an entire four thousand word chapter by invoking the mystical subliminal power which comes from the psychoemotional sociocultural name Lizzy Borden. There’s a whole day’s (or night’s) worth of chapter writing in that one spine-chilling legendary name!

If you want to achieve a voluminous number of chapters for a novel, you may cast a spell by chanting Tinker Gypsy. By the time one conducts the research necessary to gain a thorough understanding of all the facets involved with Lizzy Borden or Tinker Gypsy, said novelist has the source material to compose many, many deeply engrossing novel chapters - and that’s from only two spells! Ed Gein, a/k/a the Butcher of Plainfield, is another spell - or Vlad the Impaler, or Scopolamine, or Twilight Sleep, or Werewolf, or Anton Szandor Lavey, or Alien Invasion, or even the time-honored ever-trusty Haunted House!

The best novels are those with the most chapters and all a writer has to do in order to compose a novel consisting of a high number of chapters is to invoke the cognitive powers of association from sensationalized cultural motifs, then conduct research into the ghoulishly enthralling hypnotic mesmerizing mysterious topic! Endless research provides endless chapters for Suspenseful Novel Writing.

To experience firsthand how I apply these highly effective psychic principles in literary practice, I invite you to read the novels I have written, all of which are available via Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, and many other booksellers.


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