I'm thinking a lot about chapter breaks today, since I've been reworking them in my novel-in-progress.
I want to end a chapter on a cliffhanger, but a chapter also needs to
have a feeling of completeness--the way a paragraph does, the way a
scene does. There's a reason that certain scenes are grouped together to
form a chapter. And so I hunt for those spots where I have both
completeness (such as, when I'm about to shift to a new place or focus
on a different character or subplot) and suspense (ending on a question,
or a foreshadowing, or when something unexpected has just happened).
My last editor was very good at pointing out less-than-stellar chapter endings, and asking me to do more with them.
this book, I'm realizing I want shorter chapters--I love short chapters
anyway, as both a reader and a writer--and I now have many more
chapters than I did yesterday.
We'll see if this work holds up
tomorrow. That's the thing about revising: I usually can't tell if
something works until I've stepped away from it and come back to it.