Personally, the way I write my novels is by having beefy chapters, 4-6k words. My 105K novel only had 24 chapters, which is an average of around 4300 words per chapter. On this site, however, I have been loving writing my bite sized chapters of less than 2k words. For some reason, it just feels right to me.
How does everyone else feel?
I will say that when writing for online serial reading, I default to shorter, more episodic chapters. For example, in one of the novels I'm working on (completely offline), I have chapters that span 5k-10k. I'm not sure I could do that for a web fiction, but it might just be the nature of the story I'm writing and the pacing of it?
Either way, writing the amount that feels right for each chapter seems like a good way to go.
As a reader, I'll admit that longer chapters are sometimes intimidating to look at, but if I start a story and am really enjoying it, I hardly notice chapter length at all!
Of course, the content matters, but let's say it's something we're looking forward to reading, then I'd like it to be able to scroll for a bit and take some time to enjoy it.
I, however, find it impossible to write a chapter that's less than 4k to 5k words. That's just my writing style and what it takes for me to accurately break my literary pieces into sections that make sense. At least to me. My wife says I write too damn much in one chapter, and my best friend says its not enough. I guess its going to vary depending on who you talk to. It's an eternal cycle. Like political opinions.
Wyatt_Wriots Wrote: How does everyone else feel?I ignore chapter conventions completely. I write what the story demands. And I write a lot of fast paced stuff. Some of my chapters are 200-300 words. I get a few complaints here and there over it, but whatever.
As a writer, one of my fics has ~3000 word chapters and the other ~2000 word chapters, but I will go over these numbers if required to make the chapter flow right. I don't want to have a chapter cut off in the middle of a conversation or something. This is especially true since a lot of the time I will just write in a continuous document and cut it up into chapters later.