What Chapters Represent

When you become a seasoned author, each chapter you write represents a certain voice or meaning. It goes beyond the outer layer. Instead, your writing has symbolic value. 

Here is what your chapters represent… 

Chapter One 

This is an author’s best chapter, because it receives the most attention. It is the deciding factor whether a reader will move on to the next chapter.

It is the beginning of the author’s creation. 

Chapter Two 

Introducing discord and conflict. Disputes and friction. The struggle of characters. It is life and death. Good and evil. Light and dark. Male and female. It can be a delight for your characters, or pure hell. Maybe it is all of this. 

Chapter Three 

This is the combination of chapters one and two, building on the experience of the story and characters. It is the past, present, and future. It is what your characters think, how they feel, and the narration of their soul. Create, sustain, destroy. 

Chapter Four 

The story introduces more surroundings to the characters, while expanding the plot. Your characters are pulled in every direction. A dirt filled path. A cool rainstorm. The bluster of someone speaking. An explosion or hot-tempered villain. These are just some of the elements that guide your characters direction. 

Chapter Five 

This brings together the second and third chapters, while shifting the story. Your characters begin to taste, smell, feel, hear, and touch. The characters are helpless and completely under control of the story. 

Chapter Six

 Balance. Love. Health. Even a little bit of luck. Your character achieves a small victory. 

Chapter Seven 

This brings together the third and fourth chapters. Time becomes critical. New feelings and emotions are craved by your characters. They become anxious, yet sluggish. There is a desire to be satisfied, but they have mixed feelings of rage, a plea for help, and the search for meaning.

 Chapter Eight 

A path or direction enlightens your characters. It becomes their only choice. In fact, it is the perfect choice. While walking down this path, the character reflects on chapter two exactly two times, then reflects on that reflection another two times.

 Chapter Nine 

Something is achieved by your characters, bringing eternity to the plot. Secrets are obtained. 

Chapter Ten 

Your characters depend on other factors. Rules, affliction, purity, and villains begin to take over. Chapter one is important to your characters, yet, they cannot return to that point and must move forward. 

Chapter Eleven 

The author has the need to realign the story with the characters. Very few authors in the world have the sophistication or even the vigor to avoid this realignment. 

Chapter Twelve 

A male character from chapter three is united with a female character from chapter four. They can actually be put together, or they are together spiritually, or even just thinking about each other. 

Chapter Thirteen 

A major plot twist, which is created by the betrayal of a character. For seasoned authors, this plot twist will thrill the reader. For new authors, the plot twist is the result of bad luck, which is not believed by the reader and causes a lack of interest in finishing the novel. 

(Because this is a blog and not a book, I’ll have to skip over the chapters.) 

Chapter Twenty-One 

Something major is achieved by the characters. This is the entryway to the rest of the story. 

Chapter Forty 

Wholeness. Totality. Abundance. Harmony. The characters will feel these emotions, along with so much more. 

Chapter Fifty 

A celebration that a goal has been achieved, especially something that was mentioned in chapter seven. This also leads the characters to a new beginning. 

Chapter Sixty 

Time is significant. Minutes are more important than hours. Life can be long, or short, depending on what the characters do next. 

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As a writer, you may not realize the impact you have on each chapter, nor the symbolic influence you have over the story, characters, and especially the readers. 

I dare you to look back at your stories and compare what I have written here… 

Ron Knight 

www.authorronknight.com 

 

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  1. Valuable knowledge- I have printed this one out and will hang by my work station.Like a Ten Commandments for Authors!

  2. Like a Ten Commandments for Authors! I did go back and compare my chapters to these templates and going to change things up a bit-guess when they match up- I will know that I have grown!