I decided today that a chapter is a story in its own way, and though it maybe doesn't stand alone, it needs to have rising action, conflict, etc. After thinking this, I thought that maybe instead of trying to write my novel as a novel, I could instead write a bunch of short stories involving my characters, with the intention of in the end trying to weave them together into a major story. Ender's Game was a short story, fleshed out into a novel. So what about fleshing out multiple short stories and putting them together. Thoughts?