Chapter Lengths

I was reading a book when I was stopped in my tracks by the length of the chapters.

They’re tiny!

I went to my own book and figured by what I’ve written compared per-page to a chapter, that a ‘chapter’ is about 2,500 words.

This is not what I wanted to hear.

My chapters tend to go from anywhere between 4,000 – 6,000 words long, and I’ve started thinking of breaking what I have into smaller chapters.

This would bring my book from 17 to about 40 chapters if I break them up where the scene changes or if they would naturally be book chapter.

So readers and writers, Do you like longer or bite-size chapters? 


  1. I quite enjoy when a book has short chapters because it means it’s easier to pick up and read before you go to bed or before you go somewhere. Sometimes I’ll want to read something before I go to sleep but I won’t because the book I’m reading has fairly long chapters and I know that I’ll get sleepy half way through but be compelled to finish the chapter and not enjoy it as much because I’m so sleepy! 🙂

  2. I do like short chapters. I don’t often have time to read, so it makes it so easy for me to pick up from where I left off if I know I’d already finished a chapter! 2500 – 3500 seems like the perfect range.

  3. I’ve recently come to prefer shorter chapters. It’s easier to read in short chunks if you feel like you don’t have time, but it’s also much easier to say “well… one more chapter.” I read books with shorter chapters a lot faster than those with longer ones. Now to just implement shorter chapters in my own writing…

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