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Use the Chunking Method to Write Your Book

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Oct 12, 2011 7:14:22 AM

Paralysis by analysis is the biggest stumbling block for most writers, especially in the early days of a book project. Writing long-form works like novels can be both intimidating and frustrating at times. There are so many moving parts to build and maintain that it can turn the process of writing a book into something that causes pain, and that should never be the case.


The solution for getting past the overwhelming task of writing a novel is to break the undertaking down into small, manageable segments called chunks. The concept of The Chunking Method is not new. I have touched on it before in these blogs, but it's worth diving into a little deeper.


Chunking has been commonly applied to memorization techniques. In order to memorize a phone number the first time, you usually automatically break the number into separate chunks in order to commit it to memory. You may not even realize you're doing it. For our purposes, we're taking the same concept of breaking a long-form object down into smaller, easily handled sections. In essence, we're giving the task of writing a kind of kinetic rhythm that can remove any self-doubt you may have about your ability to complete a novel. It can become as natural to you as memorizing a phone number.


As author Iain Broome puts it:


The key is not to worry about your big climax. Instead, split your project into chunks and eat them up, gradually, one by one as you go. Set smaller, shorter, easier to envision goals and meet them on a regular basis. Do the stuff you can do.


Over the next few weeks, we will take a look at the process of chunking as it applies to writing. It can be used at every phase of the novel's development: characterization, plotting, editing, etc. If you've been stuck on a project, chunking just might be your solution to completing that novel.


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Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.


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