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How long should a chapter be? Is there such a thing as too short/too long? Any thoughts?

2/10/2010 #1
Anna Cate
For me, a chapter is typically however long it takes to tell that part of the story, but personally, I prefer shorter chapters. I try to break it anywhere between 1000 and 2000 words. If it's over 2000 words it's too long, at least for the story I'm writing right now, because I want them to be a consistent length. But don't sacrifice the meaning for the form. If a chapter wraps up nicely way sooner and you really can't add any detail to it, then that's okay. If a chapter needs to be longer to finish up its part of the story, that's okay too!
3/13/2010 #2
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