Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Short chapters: the benefits

If you've read any of the thriller novels of James Patterson, you've no doubt noted that Patterson structures each novel as a series of short chapters. 

I read somewhere, in fact, that the average chapter in a James Patterson novel is only 650 words long--and there are often more than one hundred chapters in a single book!


Contrast that with the norm of about 3,000 words. Chapters of 5,000 words are by no means uncommon, especially for literary fiction.

In the video below, I discuss the advantages of short chapters, for readers as well as writers, and I why I've been structuring my own novels, novellas, and short fiction accordingly.