After a few busy weeks, plus the nasty chest infection, I'm now getting back to the writing.
Yesterday I finally completed chapter 2 of my novella (admittedly it's only the first draft) but I found myself ending the chapter at a point I hadn't expected- though when I looked at my outline, I realised that I'd planned it that way- I just hadn't noticed that was how my sub-conscious had seen it...
I know I used to worry (unnecessarily) about where to end my chapters when I started writing again- many years ago.
Now the characters always decide for me and refuse to co-operate if I try to go beyond their cut-off point. Of course it doesn't mean it's going to stay that way in the rewriting, but as a progress point, it works for me.
Like most other areas of writing, you read, you inwardly digest and improve by doing. Basically, I'm continually learning and adapting as I find what works best for me.
Then there are the boundaries for the chosen genre- final length, and any specific editorial requirements- beside a great story that the editor can't resist, obviously... :-)
So this year I decided I had to be flexible. But as you can see from the chapter 2 mention above, I'm still trying...