Splitting chapters in two

Sometimes we want to take one long chapter and split it in two. It might be because we’ve headed off in a different direction, or because it was just getting unwieldy. Or it might be because you’ve imported a Word document with a whole novel in it and need to split out each of the chapters.

It doesn’t matter why, this is how it works:

In the chapter sidebar there is a link to Split. If you hit this your sidebar closes and you can drag your mouse to the point where you need to split the chapter. If you then split it, it prompts you to choose a title for your new chapter, then creates that chapter with the content below. It’s as simple as that.


This feature is now Live!

9 replies
  1. Dan
    Dan says:

    Following the example of importing a single Word document containing multiple chapters, chances are the user will have divided those chapters in some way – hopefully using a proper heading of some sort. During the upload process for the file there could be an option to split the file into chapters by heading, and using those headings as the chapter titles on Novlr.

    • Kimberley
      Kimberley says:

      Yeah we had a think about this lots and felt something more comprehensive like that would be really useful. For now he have got importing in it’s most basic form and down the line we will make every part of Novlr better and better – doing it more in the way you’ve suggested.

    • Graham Brand
      Graham Brand says:

      The idea of a character sequence to split a novel on import is a great one, but the specific characters would need to be set in the import dialog. I think some writers use ‘xxx’, for example, to indicate where they need to add something in a later edit, so they don’t break their flow while writing.

    • Clare
      Clare says:

      Hi Mo. Thanks for your comment. At the moment Novlr is the writing tool. We are going to be looking into formatting soon though to make it possible to format within Novlr rather than having to export. Anything in particular you’d like to see? :)


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