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How Long Should a Chapter Be?

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  • Marilynn Byerly
    QUESTION: How long should a chapter be? There is no official length for chapters. Most run around 15-20 manuscript pages in genre. Category romances run a
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 5, 2012


      QUESTION: How long should a chapter be?

      There is no "official" length for chapters.  Most run around 15-20 manuscript pages in genre.  Category romances run a bit shorter. 

      The best rule of thumb is to end the chapter at your strongest hook/cliffhanger so the reader can't resist reading a few more pages to see what happens next.

      The worst place to end a chapter is after solutions have been found, and the next disaster hasn’t started happening.


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