How many words per chapter is TOO MUCH?
Most of the chapters I write are anywhere between 2000 and 4000 words, which for a regular novel is about average. But on sites like this, I've come to the conclusion that people appreciate shorter chapters. I've published four chapters so far. Chapter 1 was 3500ish words. Chapters 2 and 3 were originally supposed to be one chapter, but it was approaching 5000 words and I thought it was best to break it into two separate chapters. It's not particularly jarring (I think) because they're different scenes. And finally, chapter 4 is about 2000ish words.
Hope that helps.
My advice is usually this: if your chapter is "too long" like past 6,000 words then consider chopping it into one more or even two more chapters but only if you believe it makes sense to do or so, and if there are good natural stopping points for you to release as a separate chapter.
That being said, it depends on your goals as a writer. Like, if you don't care about popularity and it's just for your own enjoyment than write chapters whatever length fits best with any given scene/whatever you're comfortable with. But if you want to get maximum exposure then follow FanrasyBliss30's advice.
Also, has anyone figured out the character limit for a RR chapter? I'm very curious >:)
1. For some unknown reason having shorter but more chapters feels easier for me to read than one long chapter, so if you have a long chapter then just separate it into more parts, but again, it's at least how I feel.
2. Reading shorter chapters is more convenient to read when you have just 15-20 minutes in between things, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who reads a chapter during breakfast, or on a short break at work, and so on.
3. But there are some risks too, sometimes if the chapters are short, I feel that the author may unconsciously rush things, but that's a more rare occurrence.
From a writer POV, each chapter I have a set idea, and I'm not going to stop writing until I reach that idea, damn the word count.
That said, this would be an almost perfect forum thread for a poll. Go here (https://feedback.royalroad.com/i598-polls-on-the-forums) to upvote that suggestioan in Royal Road Feedback.
SubwayChud Wrote: Just to throw in my two cents - I think the most logical path is 2-3k (with occasional slips above or below that range). Sure, you'll always have people who don't mind or even like 500 word or 20K chapters, but statistically (based on no statistics) I would think they would be outliers. I feel most readers on sites like RR or Wattpad, etc., feel compelled to finish a chapter in one sitting due to the presentation. But, as many have said, the chapter breaks have to work for the story.
"Based on no statistics." That made me chuckle
I must say, that's a beautiful book cover you've got.