I noticed recently I tend to write fairly short chapters compared to other writers, and it crossed my mind there may be one of those famous "rules" regarding chapter length so I poked around the web. Apparently there are no rules. Wow. Imagine that. We actually have some freedom in deciding where to break our story into delicious bite-sized bits!
Some people write their entire story straight through before they even think about breaking out the chapters. Others use chapters to create a rhythm in the story, to control the pace. Some authors use chapters to separate POV shifts. There are writers who set their chapter breaks so they don't exceed a maximum number of pages or maximum reading time. Personally, my scene shifts are my chapter breaks, and I always end my chapter with some sort of hook, like a mini-story. I have twenty chapters in my 87,000 word manuscript.
Where do you put your chapter breaks? Do you set them while you're writing or afterward? Is there such a thing as too short or too long when it comes to chapter length? Do you prefer titled chapters or numbered?
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