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.
Start each scene by re-connecting the reader to the protagonist.
Look at your novel's best scene: did you forget to include… THIS?
If you notice you've let the reader drift away from the protagonist — use the next scene to deliver emergency first aid.
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.
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.
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