Jan 07 2012
Instead of having a separate Word document for each of your chapters, I would highly recommend instead writing your manuscript as a single Word document with chapter breaks. Otherwise, changing even the smallest details will be a nightmare. (For example, if you want to change a character’s name, you’d probably have to Find-Replace every chapter). That’s a huge waste of time, particularly since most novel manuscripts undergo hundreds of changes. If your chapters are in a single document, you just have to Ctrl+F once.
Fortunately, Word makes it extremely easy to break your novel manuscript into easily navigable chapters. Once you’ve gotten the hang of how to add chapters in Word, this should take fewer than 10 seconds a chapter.
How to Break Your Novel Manuscript Into Chapters: Windows/PC
Step 1: Open your navigation pane if it isn’t already. It’s in the View tab.
Step 2: Apply the style “Header 1” to your chapter titles. It’s in the Home tab. Just highlight your chapter title and click on Heading 1 (or Heading 2, if you prefer).
Optional Step 3: When you’re ready to add a new chapter, I recommend doing a page break so that each chapter will always start on its own page. To insert a page break, you can either use the short cut Ctrl + Enter or click the Page Break button in the Insert tab.
Step 4: Apply Steps 2-3 to each of your chapter titles. After doing so, your navigation pane is a table of contents with a button that you can click to skip immediately to that chapter. It’s much easier than having a bajillion documents open at once or figuring out which folder you’ve saved Chapter 10 in or which version of Chapter 10 is the most recent.
How to Make a Header Read Differently For Each Chapter
Step 1: Make sure you have separate sections for each chapter. If you don’t already, read through the first part of this article.
Step 2: Begin editing the header. (Double-click the header or right-click and select “Edit Header”).
Step 3: Go into the Insert tab, click Quick Parts, and then click Field.
Step 4: Under “Field names,” select “StyleRef.” Under “Style name,” select whichever style you used for your chapter titles.
How to Break Your Novel Manuscript Into Chapters: Mac
Once you’ve set the style for your chapter titles, you can access your table of contents by opening the Document Map Pane.