Aster Wrote: 1500 is perfectly fine.
Anything from 1200-2200 seems to be a solid range. Below 1k is generally considered too short; above 3k it's better to split in two unless it's an important to stay together scene.
Thank you for the opinion and advice.
I think a lot depends on the type of story you're telling, too. Like, mine is a slow-burn, so I think my readers come in with the expectation that it's gonna be a bit longer and gonna take its time a bit more than, say, an action-heavy run-and-gun story.
But yeah, the sweet spots I've heard are generally considered between 1500 and 3500 words, as a general metric.
I personally beat myself up if I write under 2000 words. I handwrite first and use sides of A4 as a guide, but even those pages that look like it could be a 2k+ chapter fall short sometimes. I'm typing up my Volume 3 at the moment and they're a bit of a mixed bag in length so far. Eurgh. I just feel a bit of guilt over having a weekly release schedule and when Friday comes round... "oh, only 1600 odd words." 🤦🏻😑 For this reason I'm considering a bi-weekly schedule but that's a me worry for another time.
EnhancedBeing Wrote: Interesting to hear about the complaint over a 5k word chapter.Yeah, and technically it was less of a complaint and more of a "I usually don't like chapters this long but it worked okay this time" comment. But I definitely feel like 5k+ chapters are daunting for some readers, so unless it's super important that a lot of stuff happen in one, I try to keep them under 5k.
Heh, it was my first chapter, too. So if they make it through that one, it's smooth sailing.
EnhancedBeing Wrote: I personally beat myself up if I write under 2000 words. I handwrite first and use sides of A4 as a guide, but even those pages that look like it could be a 2k+ chapter fall short sometimesUuuh, me and my 1k chapters are gonna stay over here.
Overall, I'm gonna say don't stress about word count, unless your chapter is 500 words long, or over 10k as someone else pointed out.
I'm keeping mine fairly heavy, but that's also taking a lot more time. As a general rule on the site though, I think most readers prefer a 2-3 day release schedule and 2-3k words per chapter.
Just an opinion though. I've read a few novels here with a shorter chapter length too, but couldn't get my teeth into them before I had to click the next chapter button.
I feel like producing episodes that are consistent in length sets an expectation for your reader, and then you can later subvert that expectation by sneaking in the rare 4-5k episode. Anything over 5k I'm probably splitting up, just to maintain that steady pacing and feel.
Just write as much as you need to tell your story, I don't think there is a correct answer for the question.