Dead on Demand was broken down into fairly lengthy chapters, but we're going a lot shorter this time. With a little luck, this should translate into a 'one more chapter, it's only 5 pages!' mentality that will make Frozen Out have that page turner feel.
We're also intending to name all the chapters this time as 'Chapter 17' isn't as interesting as 'Chapter 17: Homogenous Milk'. Bet you've never seen that one before :)
This should be fairly easy to do - we already break down scenes by codename, then rate them for tension/ POV/ etc to keep the balance up. We're also big fans of taking a project management approach to scenes. For example we might label a scene as "Chapter 17: Homogenous Milk" but then add a note that says "Pre-Requisite Scenes: 1979 & Credit Low". That way, if we shuffle our scenes about we know how it will affect continuity. We'll then label it further as a 'Feeder scene' for a later chapter so our notecard might read:
Scene: 17: Homogenous Milk
Pre-Requisites: 1979; Credit Low
Characters: Morton, Tina Vaughn, DI Mayberry
Feeder for: Prying Eyes, Rock Bottom
Tension Level: 4/10
Character Developement: DCI Morton
This helps us maintain the character arcs, keep the facts straight, give some light and shade to the tension and ensure a good mix of characters in sucessive scenes. It's also a great way to procrastine but convince yourself you're working hard... much like this blog!
Have a great weekend all!
Dan & Sean