This was one of the first writing questions that I ever typed into Google. When I started writing SECTOR12, I remember getting most of a chapter down and then wondering what I should be aiming for. How long is a chapter? How many words is a good length?
So I Google’d it. Most of the answers were along the lines of “Don’t worry about it, just write your story, chapters vary in length”. An answer that really didn’t work for me because when I want to know something – I want to know it.
Since that time, I’ve decided that a good chapter length for me is 4,000 words. That way, if I’m writing a 70,000 word novel, I know I have to plan for around seventeen chapters.
How many words are in your chapters? And don’t be like other sites and say ‘chapters vary’. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t, but what do you aim for? If everyone gives an answer, then I can average them off and have a solid ‘This is how long a chapter should be’ answer 🙂 Let’s talk about chapter length.
Meanwhile, just a quick Camp Nanowrimo update. How are all my fellow campers doing? I have about 23,000 words down and the first five chapters. Things are coming along nicely. I hope everyone else is doing well too.
On a side note, my mum (being the proud mum that she is) entered me in the Best Australian Blogging Awards. So if you have a spare couple of seconds, feel free to vote for me. I’m listed as Jodie Llewellyn.