How long should a book chapter be?

How long are your chapters (Poll)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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