1st does size matter? With chapters. Insertion? How to get my own font inside my gadget. And last, Usage? What is a good writing program to use.

by Lauren Nelson
(Sydney Australia)

Hi, I'm Lauren. I am taking a swing at living my dream and so, I have started my first novel that is a fantasy fiction, mythical whole other world type thing. I want it to grow and spread its wings becoming a trilogy, that will have a prequel and possibly a future set trilogy too. When reading I loathe short chapters so I set mine at 5000 words on average per chapter, I have what I believe to be a brilliant mind and am able to grab you attention and let loose some epic emotions so it isn't boring. Is that a good word count for a chapter? 2nd thing that is bugging me, is that I have created my own language, I have even created an alphabet but I have no clue how to shove that into my computer (in this case my IPad ) and turn that into a usable font. Please save me! Oh crap, I have a third question now. Sorry. Please tell me a good writing program to use, I usually use ms word but I got all savvy and got the IPad. Thank you so much and again, sorry for so many Q's.

Answer: In order...

1. There's no fixed rule about chapter length. A lot depends on your style. But it is always good to end a chapter in a way that leaves your reader wanting more. For instance, after one event has reached its conclusion and set in motion the next event (which will be in the next chapter).

2. I'm not sure if there is a font creation app that would create your language for you, but it might be worth looking around for one. Here are some you might check out...


Alternatively, you may have to use a graphics program to create images that you can insert into your document. (The old fashioned approach was to submit a hard copy with hand drawn images, but times are changing.)

3. I don't use an ipad myself, but I have heard that the Editorial app works well for writing on an ipad. Perhaps you use Dropbox to sync your files with your main computer?

Open Office is a good free word processor that is available for Mac as well as PC.

An alternative program for Mac with a huge array of tools designed for writers is Scrivener, which costs around $40 (but you can get a free demo to try it out). Here's my review of it...


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