Chapter Page Count
My question is, how long is a good chapter? I am trying to write a novel that a LOT happens. The main character, Neil, is new to town, and as soon as he enters, things get wacky, and don't slow down. I wanted the reader to feel this some too, you only keep up if you are paying attention. How often has that happened to other people in their own lives? For me, I seem to get into some pretty serious situations two or three times a year that I have to work hard to learn new things, and stay afloat, while still dealing with normal life (if that makes sense, I like to challenge myself). Reviewers keep saying that too much is happening in the first chapter of my series, but I would have to counter that NOTHING really has happened yet. People and events set up in the first chapter, don't come back and take place for the rest of book one.
Back to my original question, how long is a good chapter? Ill just ask in Doc pages, because that's what i'm editing on. People say a 'scene' is a chapter, but that seems much too short for me.
My writing is very short with little or no descriptive writing. I can do it but it's not my style and I would just be padding the story.
Edit out extraneous wordage but when you get to the meat-stop.
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