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Chapter Lengths? (1 Viewer)

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Olivia Brine

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I've heard anywhere between 1.5k-2.5k words for a chapter. Do shorter chapters read easier? I'd like to reach about 100k words for my novel to put it into perspective.


There's no set length, but 8 - 10 pages is the average. Thinking logically, many people commute and have busy days so the shorter chapters are going to be more convenient for those people. A chapter can be finished on a bus, in a taxi on a train, in a break etc, giving the reader a definite end point from which to continue. I'd say a scene change could also be helpful if the chapter is much longer, still allowing a natural break off point and a definite place to continue from.

Personally, I'm not even considering this with my novel. The chapters will be as long or short as they need to be.

Mark Twain't

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I've been setting my chapters as scenes so they do average around 1.5-2k but some may be 5-6k and some maybe only 4-500.

I agree with Az regarding smaller chapters though. I like to read in bed and I hate stopping in the middle of a chapter. It's nice to know as my eyes begin to droop that I only have a few minutes left of the chapter.


Senior Member
Y'know, I was considering posting something about this myself. I'm mortified by the concept of underwriting. Glad to know the 1.5k-2k range is considered acceptable.


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Chapters are as long as are necessary and no longer. I know authors that never write a chapter over 1500 words and others that are writing 10-15k chapters. So long as it's tolerable to your readers, do what you wish.


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To me, chapters are just breaks for the reader and bullet points on my outline marking major story points to reach. How ever many scenes I need to complete my objective is the number of scenes per chapter I'll have.
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