My muse tend to chose where and when chapters appear. I’m never sure of length or word count.
By getting the word count right. How?
Scene by scene.
I’ve written in the past about the word count for books but a book is made up of chapters. And chapters are made up of scenes.
There is nothing wrong with varying chapter length or writing a book with all short chapters, but I’d avoid the extreme. Scenes set the pace and like stepping stones lead your reader through the book.
Randy Ingermanson on Advanced Fiction Writing, reminds us to think SCENES not CHAPTERS.
Things from his post I want to remember:
- Chapters are stepping stones to take the reader through your book.
- Chapters consist and are controlled by SCENES.
- Varying scene length is okay. But be consistent.
- A good average
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