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Chapter length

Postby Catwriter » Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:07 pm

I'm just wondering what a good length for chapters are. Mine are about three pages.

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Re: Chapter length

Postby roda havet » Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:13 pm

I'm not sure if it really matters, with mine my first chapter is around 21 pages. But I think depends on the writer and the content in the chapter. Though I may be wrong, I'm only going on what I've read. I hope this helps. :)
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Re: Chapter length

Postby Terry T.A. Rodgers » Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:22 pm

No rules. Chapter are as long as they need to be.

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Re: Chapter length

Postby DrG2 » Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:41 pm

3 pages would be very short for an average chapter if it's directed toward adult readers.

Most chapters in adult fiction are between 1,000 and 7,000 words, but there is nothing wrong with occasional chapters longer or shorter.

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Re: Chapter length

Postby Catwriter » Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:28 am

Thanks. It might not be adult fiction though, I'm still working on the age and audience. :)

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Re: Chapter length

Postby pls » Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:55 am

My YA fiction chapters run from about 1,500-2,000 words, although occasionally I'll feel the need to write a longer chapter than the average. Adult fiction will tend to run longer.
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Re: Chapter length

Postby mammamaia » Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:15 am

ditto that!... if you don't know your target audience, you can't write what they'll want to read...
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