I’ve never been a fan of long chapters, but I am a fan of chapters having their own arc and accomplishing something specific in the storytelling. So, I’ve always tried to focus on the storytelling rather than the chapter length when I write. That approach has always worked for me in the past. However, I seem to be stuck right now on where to break up the first few chapters of the novel I’m working on.
My first chapter is six double-spaced, typed pages. It is 1,200 words, give or take. I guess where I’m finding annoyance is that the next suitable break for chapter two is about 2,400 words and twelve, double-spaced pages later. Originally, I had them combined, but decided those were two long.
I know I’m over thinking this and it might be my perfectionist nature kicking in, but am I crazy for wanting chapters that are a bit more uniform in length? Or, should I just keeping breaking where it feels natural, where the chapters want to break, and keep on writing?
I’m only 11,000 words in and not really deep enough that I should be worried about this yet. However, I’m not a pantser when it comes to writing. I’m more of a builder. Each chapter is a puzzle piece that leads to the conclusion, and I really like to keep my puzzle pieces in order. In the long run, it helps me with the construction of the novel and in getting it written. So, I’d loved to hear how the other writers out there handle chapter breaks. I know what I’ve done in the past, but it just doesn’t seem to be working for me with my current book.