I needed to tell myself that Chapter 16 was over and done with just to get a completion goal (it was dragging on that long). The question is have I actually finished that chapter or not?
Well here's the deal. The structure I have chosen for my WIP is the cliffhanger structure. That's all well and good because it is genre fiction and I want it to be a page turner. My chapters, on average are about 2000 words. I think I have one chapter that is about 3000 words.
Now, I am writing my candy bar scene, and typically for me it is a large candy bar. I've hit the 2000 word mark and I've got nice cliffhanger in there too, but the scene is not over by a long shot. I can easily get at least another 2000 words out of it hence the chapter break.
So here's the all important question. Is it OK to have a scene stretch over two chapters and has anyone here read a published book that has done this?
For the moment I will continue to write the scene in Chapter 17 but I can always merge the two chapters. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Update: I should add that I am writing 3rd person limited. I have one viewpoint only so I can't just move to another scene then return to this one.
It's the first chapter I've finished but still felt it needed a lot more work. It's also the longest I've taken to complete a chapter for a number of reasons.
Firstly, it's the most complex chapter I've written to date. I've stuttered and stumbled on this, struggled with writers block and wrestled with the logic of the whole caboodle.
Secondly, there's that whole real world thing that gets in the way - and rightly so!
And thirdly, I've been stuck into Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain, and I've found this text to be invaluable. It has given loads of ideas and brought my prose into sharp focus and made me realise how much more work I've got to do (as if I didn't know I had a mountain to climb already).