What Is The Right Length For a Chapter? (via: @NatRusso, HT: @qldwriters)

Nat Russo talks about dividing up all those immaculate words you are putting down for your novel into good chapter lengths:

Let me just preface everything I say in this article with “In the case of my style of writing…” That should drive the point home that I’m not trying to establish any “rules” I think people should follow.

He looks at:

  • Pacing
  • Characterization/Point-of-View
  • Suspense
  • Transitions

Spoiler: There is no right length, it’s a trick question! This article is more about making you think about the purpose of each of your chapters, which feeds directly into their best length.

Now, as a reader who tends to try to pause a read at the end of a chapter, shorter chapters are more likely to make me keep reading. ‘Well,’ I ponder, scratching my cheek, ‘The chapters aren’t very long so maybe just one more.‘ Balancing that against Nat’s points should help you find the right length for your chapter.

Read Nat’s breakdown here: http://www.nat-russo.com/2014/04/what-is-right-length-for-chapter.html


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