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The answer to this popular question is simple: one to two unicorns.
To write chapters that flow well: orient your writing around your protagonist's attempts to get what they want or avoid what they detest.
Ideally, a chapter ends with a change — either for the protagonist or the reader.
Start each scene by re-connecting the reader to the protagonist.
Look at your novel's best scene: did you forget to include… THIS?
Great scenes rely on two opposites: forward motion that keeps the protagonist working against the clock (plot) and sparks / pulses of character motivation that show the reader how the events are affecting their protagonist (narration). Here's how to blend them.
Novels aren't only about the plot. Some of the most memorable passages in a novel come from its lyrical moments.
A paradox: in order to keep raising the tension in a scene, you have to take breaks.
What about novels where you simply MUST share a lot of information about the fictional world: historical fiction, fantasy, sci fi etc? Here's a more advanced technique for mingling drama and exposition.
Here are two theories about human psychology: they are almost everything you need to create a great protagonist.
If you notice you've let the reader drift away from the protagonist — use the next scene to deliver emergency first aid.
How to make a bad character likeable?
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