These days things are a little different. For starters, there aren’t so many epic length novels unless they are historicals or written by a popular author. Stories often have a faster pace and the best ones have short chapters with cliff-hanger chapter endings.
While it’s not an absolute rule, I know I prefer the short chapters. I love a chapter that begins with a hook as intriguing as the first line of a novel and ends with a tease that compels me to read on.
Our task as writers is to make our novels difficult for our readers to put down. To do this, we need to understand these changes and embrace them.
How long are your chapters? How do you decide where to put in a chapter break? What’s your favourite page-turner?
HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY everyone!