How To Write Chapters for Fiction

Chapter 1 of a novel

The typical addiction of what happens next? Chapters aren’t what you think they are. This is something you need to know before to start your chp. 1.

Chapters are actually about structure and organizing scenes into larger chunks that make the story more digestible to a reader.

Chapters must always start with an interesting beginning and end on an emotionally high point, such as cliff hangers.

Typically, a chapter is comprised of one or more scenes that create an arc similar to the 3 arc structure. Every chapter starts with an interesting opening, and ends with a suspenseful hook to keep the reader interesting in reading more.

REMEMBER the beginning and end of every chapter must hook the reader in, keeping them in a state of constantly wanting more.

You need to create an addiction of “what happens next?”

Chapter Length

Chapter length is used to control the pace of reading. Longer chapters feel slower, while shorter chapters give a rushed feel. It is important to understand your audience when considering chapter length as different age groups vary in their attention spans.

Other than structure, chapters are just used for pacing. Short chapters make the pace faster. Longer chapters slow the pace down.

Average Chapter Length of your book should depend on your readers attention span. Microsoft Corp did a study finding that the average attention span in the year 2000 was 12 seconds, and that it has dropped down to 8 seconds.

So what is a good length?

According to

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone averages at 4,560 words per chapter, Twilight is at 4,580, and Hunger Games averaged 3,700 words.

To summarize, the website states a general guideline is that chapter length should fall somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 words.

An important factor to remember is this varies on your audience. For example, if you are writing children’s fiction your chapters might average 1,000 words, and adult fiction might be 5,000.

Chapter Analysis

Case analysis from the witcher book : The Last Wish

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