The answers from writers on KBoards are all over the map. But the sweet spot from 53 respondents to the poll seems to be 1,000-3,000 words. Three-fifths of the answers fall into that range. Try clicking or double-clicking or tapping on the image for a better view of the numbers after you open up the full post.
So what are your own thoughts on the chapter length issue? I say it, “It depends.” For a D.C. suspense novel, I used chapters much shorter than I did for some nonfiction books on the computer industry.
Now here’s a related question. Are chapters shorter these days than in the past, because readers’ attention spans aren’t as long? I suspect so.
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