What I mean by that question is how should you write a novel when writing on a computer?
- write the whole thing in one document?
- write it in chapters or separate parts?
I’ve done both and there are certainly advantages and disadvantages to both.
When writing in a whole document, you don’t really have to worry about splitting it up into chapters while writing. You just have to write and write and write until you’re done. When it’s time to redraft, it’s easy to read the thing as a whole and see what needs fixing. Unfortunately, this does mean that, when you want to go back to a certain part, it can be difficult to find it again unless you’re clever and use bookmarks (which I think can be done in Word but I don’t know how).
When writing in separate chapters, certain events are easier to find (so long as you remember where they are) but, when it comes to redrafting, it can help to put it all together and, let me tell you, it’s a pain to copy and paste everything in one document.
So, I give the question to you. Which do you think is better? Does it even matter?