I am done with the hard revisions of my work (which is called In The Shadow of Honey Locusts) and I am giving it a last read, making minor changes here and there. I think I have said that before but hopefully it is true this time.
In the absence of former training or coursework, I find it challenging to manage some aspects of writing.
Take, for example, chapters.
How long should each chapter be? Should their length be somewhat uniform or can one be 5 pages and the next 500?
As one who reads a lot, I know there are no hard and fast rules (although having a 500-page chapter is probably not a good idea), but some guidance, even if by analogy, is helpful.
I look at each chapter as telling a mini (although not necessarily stand alone) story that forwards the overall plot, just long enough to serve its purpose.
One blogger / author likened chapters to TV shows. When a TV show finishes its first act (which often happens right after something significant is revealed), it goes to commercial break. Then the second act comes, with the same set-up and rules. Same for the third act and so on. He suggests we look for our chapters to have similar elements and when we reach a “commercial break,” we are wise to end the chapter and start a new one.
Do you follow any rules in creating chapters or do you just let it flow as it may?