Too much happining in each chapter
Question: OK, so I have been writing for a while and I realized that each chapter does the same thing at the end and it took me a while to realize what I was doing.
In almost every last sentence of the there is some kind of twist in it. I'm wondering if this is a good thing or is this too much.
In one of my chapters the main character (MC) would meet the bad guy all dramatically (in my opinion) and then in the next one of the MC would get severely injured or something.Answer:
It's not necessarily a bad thing to give your reader a reason to read one more chapter, especially in plot-driven genres such as thrillers.
See if this helps...
Try to make each chapter about an event. That is, make each chapter about one thing, one change that happens. External events/changes generally follow the pattern of...
setup --> complication --> crisis --> resolution
Internal events (decisions, realizations, reactions) generally follow the pattern of...
feelings --> thoughts --> decision/new idea --> new direction
Sometimes a chapter can have two events (an action and a reaction).
In either case, an event should end with a character arriving at a new purpose, so that the reader wants to keep reading to find out what will happen next as a result. Along that line, it's not a bad idea to end a chapter with the character in a different emotional place than they started with.
Best of luck.