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Title Correction: Is this a good idea or not?


See, I plan on writing a novel series with five books and two novellas. For each of the five books, I am giving them two hundred chapter while the novellas are getting twenty chapters. I plan on starting book one as soon as possible in order to complete all five books. Now, I know that two hundred chapters is a lot but I want to give myself a big goal. My question that I ask is kind of silly: If I start immediately on book one, will I be able to finish book five even if I write daily and nightly? And to be honest, I don't even know if I should make this story first or third person. It's a little frustrating and the reason why I have not started. I'm pretty lazy and I get bored easily plus I can never surpass chapter five when I really get into writing. But for once in my life I want to write a novel series that I can complete. I'm tired of throwing in the towel and giving up. I need to finish a novel and prove to myself I can do it. But I somehow seem to never finish. I just want to believe that I am capable of finishing a novel whether it's a rough draft or edited version. I'm not the best writer but I am certainly not the worse either. So, with sheer willpower, can I complete all five books and two novellas?


Is two hundred chapters for each of the five books too much?

What do you think?
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Title Correction: Is this a good idea or not?
Is two hundred chapters for each of the five books too much?

What do you think?


If it was anyone else, I'd think they were kidding.

Do what George Lucas did: Put the best essential story into the ONE book and see how it goes. Then you can ruin it with the rest later.
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Ejanss wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Title Correction: Is this a good idea or not?
Is two hundred chapters for each of the five books too much?

What do you think?


If it was anyone else, I'd think they were kidding.

Do what George Lucas did: Put the best essential story into the ONE book and see how it goes. Then you can ruin it with the rest later.


Alrighty then. So, focus on one the deal with the rest later?
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200 chapters seems ridiculously long. Even if you only did 5 page chapters or so, you're still looking at around a thousand pages. Honestly, you shouldn't worry about how long your book is going to be, or how many chapters it's going to have. If you're worried about hitting some sort of chapter quota, it's just going to distract you from the work. Just write what you want to write. Let your story play out naturally, and be as long or short as it needs to be.
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200 chapters seems ridiculously long. Even if you only did 5 page chapters or so, you're still looking at around a thousand pages. Honestly, you shouldn't worry about how long your book is going to be, or how many chapters it's going to have. If you're worried about hitting some sort of chapter quota, it's just going to distract you from the work. Just write what you want to write. Let your story play out naturally, and be as long or short as it needs to be.


200 hundred chapters for each of the five books is 1,000 chapters. But if I were to use 100 chapters instead of two hundred it will be five hundred chapters.

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depends on how long you're planning on making each chapter. Look at Dan Brown's books. Some of his chapters are just a page long
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depends on how long you're planning on making each chapter. Look at Dan Brown's books. Some of his chapters are just a page long


That's a good thing to think about. Maybe five or ten pages long.
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qualeshia3,

It can be done, I guess it would depend upon your own spirit. One of my favorite authors was Robert Jordan. The series I really loved when I read it was the wheel of Time. When I saw this thread I looked up some information about the series. I had never thought about how long someone could/would work on something like this.

The following is a quote from Wikipedia

"The Wheel of Time is a series of high fantasy novels written by American author James Oliver Rigney, Jr. under his pen name of Robert Jordan. Originally planned as a six-book series, The Wheel of Time spanned fourteen volumes, in addition to a prequel novel and a companion book. Jordan began writing the first volume, The Eye of the World, in 1984, and it was published in January, 1990.[1]

The author died in 2007 while working on what was planned to be the twelfth and final volume in the series. He prepared extensive notes so another author could complete the book according to his wishes. Fellow fantasy author and long-time Wheel of Time fan Brandon Sanderson was brought in to complete the final book, but during the writing process it was decided that the book would be far too large to be published in one volume and would instead be published as three volumes:[2] The Gathering Storm (2009), Towers of Midnight (2010), and A Memory of Light (2013)."

Another series that I read and loved was the Sword of Truth.

The following is a quote from Wikipedia.

"The Sword of Truth is a series of seventeen epic fantasy novels written by Terry Goodkind. The books follow the protagonists Richard Cypher, Kahlan Amnell and Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander on their quest to defeat oppressors who seek to control the world and those who wish to unleash evil upon the world of the living. While each novel was written to stand alone, except for the final three that were intended to be a trilogy, they follow a common timeline and are linked by ongoing events that occur throughout the series.

The series began in 1994 with Wizard's First Rule and Goodkind has since written fifteen more novels in addition to a novella titled Debt of Bones. The latest novel in the series, Warheart, was released in 2015."

So about all I can really say about your question is this. Follow your own heart.
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qualeshia3,

It can be done, I guess it would depend upon your own spirit. One of my favorite authors was Robert Jordan. The series I really loved when I read it was the wheel of Time. When I saw this thread I looked up some information about the series. I had never thought about how long someone could/would work on something like this.

The following is a quote from Wikipedia

"The Wheel of Time is a series of high fantasy novels written by American author James Oliver Rigney, Jr. under his pen name of Robert Jordan. Originally planned as a six-book series, The Wheel of Time spanned fourteen volumes, in addition to a prequel novel and a companion book. Jordan began writing the first volume, The Eye of the World, in 1984, and it was published in January, 1990.[1]

The author died in 2007 while working on what was planned to be the twelfth and final volume in the series. He prepared extensive notes so another author could complete the book according to his wishes. Fellow fantasy author and long-time Wheel of Time fan Brandon Sanderson was brought in to complete the final book, but during the writing process it was decided that the book would be far too large to be published in one volume and would instead be published as three volumes:[2] The Gathering Storm (2009), Towers of Midnight (2010), and A Memory of Light (2013)."

Another series that I read and loved was the Sword of Truth.

The following is a quote from Wikipedia.

"The Sword of Truth is a series of seventeen epic fantasy novels written by Terry Goodkind. The books follow the protagonists Richard Cypher, Kahlan Amnell and Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander on their quest to defeat oppressors who seek to control the world and those who wish to unleash evil upon the world of the living. While each novel was written to stand alone, except for the final three that were intended to be a trilogy, they follow a common timeline and are linked by ongoing events that occur throughout the series.

The series began in 1994 with Wizard's First Rule and Goodkind has since written fifteen more novels in addition to a novella titled Debt of Bones. The latest novel in the series, Warheart, was released in 2015."

So about all I can really say about your question is this. Follow your own heart.



Thank you.
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Based on your chapter and page estimations, it looks like each of your books are going to be very long (500-1000 pages). Readers might be intimidated by the size. You might want to initially split up your story by arcs instead of books. Then, when splitting them into books, find possible splits by where arcs end combining that with how long normal books are.

Ex: If you want ~200-300 page books with arc lengths: 150, 100, 130, 180, 220, 120, and 80. Split into: 2 arcs 250 pages, 2 arcs 310 pages, 1 arc 220 pages, and 2 arcs 200 pages.
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relt95 wrote:

Based on your chapter and page estimations, it looks like each of your books are going to be very long (500-1000 pages). Readers might be intimidated by the size. You might want to initially split up your story by arcs instead of books. Then, when splitting them into books, find possible splits by where arcs end combining that with how long normal books are.

Ex: If you want ~200-300 page books with arc lengths: 150, 100, 130, 180, 220, 120, and 80. Split into: 2 arcs 250 pages, 2 arcs 310 pages, 1 arc 220 pages, and 2 arcs 200 pages.


For 500-1000 chapters, how many arcs should I use?
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qualeshia3 wrote:


relt95 wrote:


For 500-1000 chapters, how many arcs should I use?


The number of arcs doesn't really matter. What does matter is finding possible points where you can split your story into books.
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relt95 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


relt95 wrote:


For 500-1000 chapters, how many arcs should I use?


The number of arcs doesn't really matter. What does matter is finding possible points where you can split your story into books.


What if I figure out what the story arcs are before I start the story? I need to plan.
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relt95 wrote:


What if I figure out what the story arcs are before I start the story? I need to plan.


Maybe try to estimate how long each arc will be in pages (they might vary significantly - that's ok). Then split them into books based on length and try to keep the ones with the most plot connection together.
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relt95 wrote:

Maybe try to estimate how long each arc will be in pages (they might vary significantly - that's ok). Then split them into books based on length and try to keep the ones with the most plot connection together.


Well, there are five novels and two novellas. Couldn't I break it down by each of the five books?
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