I’ve heard this question many times. At the beginning of my writing journey, over a decade ago, I had the same question. "How long should my chapter be?" One answer was given over and over: There isn’t one way to write a chapter, and your chapter should be as long or as short as it needs to be.
Well, that answer wasn’t beneficial. But after writing many books, I have three tips that will help you figure out how long your chapters should be (if you enjoy planning and outlining as I do).
Don’t let the confusion over chapter lengths stop you from writing. But make sure the length of your book is on par with others in your genre. A great rule of thumb is: When in doubt, read some newly released, successful books in the same genre you’re writing. You can learn a lot by studying what today’s readers are enjoying.
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