There are many things I want to do before I’m 30. One of which is to write a Young Adult novel. I started writing one but I ended up holding it off due to lack of time and utter laziness. I’m back on my groove and I’m continuing the book. However, I’m not putting a time limit when I’m supposed to finish each chapter: I’m not going to rush creativity.
Though I’m not going to follow any sort of writing schedule, I am going to be following a specific formula when writing my book…
My Young Adult Writing Formula:
Analyzing one of my favorite young adult novels, The Fault in Our Stars, I’ve learned that author John Green writes a specific amount of words in each chapter. For example, he wrote 3,160 words in Chapter 1. Then, he wrote 3,340 in Chapter 2.
I’m following him because I think John Green knows how to write, write intelligently well, for the young adult market. He understands pacing, spacing, and the written aesthetics a book needs to thrive. Therefore, why not use his work as the archetype for my book?
In addition, I’m doing this because I have a theory. This may seem like a far-fetched theory, especially by the fact that I’m writing this at 12:01am, but I think putting a limit on a chapter’s word count makes for a better story. If your word count is not long enough, it puts you in a position to add things that can drive the story. If your word count is over the mark, it then puts you in a position to take out all the gratuitous minutia.
Now that you know. It’s time for the beginning of the book –