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Writing Forum | WritersDigest.com • Chapter length : FAQs • Page 2 • Writing Forum | WritersDigest.com
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Re: Chapter length

PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:35 pm
by max2011
I tend to do a five to ten page chapter depending on the scene. The important thing is to write write write. The chapters will start taking care of themselves. If you think the chapter is too long, you can always break it up. But as everyone pointed out: have an idea as to the length before you start.

Re: Chapter length

PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:10 am
by mammamaia
" But as everyone pointed out: have an idea as to the length before you start."

what many were saying needs to be known before you start is the target market [YA, adult, etc.], not the chapter length...

i don't think anyone needs to know how long their chapters will be... as others have said above, they seem to let you know how long they need to be... but if the target market is children, then obviously you'll need to keep them shorter than you would in a novel for adults...

Re: Chapter length

PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:28 pm
by James A. Ritchie

Re: Chapter length

PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:03 am
by mammamaia
It isn't the length that matters, it's the content.

...amen!...

Re: Chapter length

PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:03 pm
by Terry T.A. Rodgers

Re: Chapter length

PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:35 am
by mammamaia
get your mind outa the bedroom, terry!

Re: Chapter length

PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:38 am
by Manwi32307
There is no real limit. Look at The Last Unicorn. The longest chapter in that book is roughly 23,000 words.

Re: Chapter length

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 3:27 pm
by Loren Killdeer
Chapter lenght doesn't matters, I write really ong chapters (and there are authors who doesn't swrite chapters at all!).

I think three page long chapters looks quite fun! When you decide to finish the chapter?