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The question is are you writing a novel or a collection of stories? It is possible to use stories as part of a larger work, consider Hyperion or Eight Million Gods or Canterbury Tales. The question is what role do the stories play in the larger work? Do they add something? Are they critical to the plot? Are they just a fun aside?


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I feel content outside of the regular narrative flow that is longer than about a page should generally be placed in a separate chapter (or section for shorter fiction), especially when such content is included multiple times within a novel. Frame stories would generally be exceptions to this guideline since the outer story fragments are typically very ...


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Is this too much of a dramatic change? Unless your book is to be serialized by chapter, it doesn't look like an issue. Should I go back and pad out some of the shorter chapters? Not necessarily. If a read-through demonstrates that the flow is not how you want it to be, chapter length may be changed, although usually indirectly: you may erase some slow ...


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Chapter length is important. Consistency of chapter length is not. A few ways to use chapter length: Think of chapters as a pacing tool. All other factors being equal--which, of course, they never are--longer chapters tend to slow the pace, shorter chapters to increase the pace. The length of a chapter can suggest (perhaps subtly) the importance of the ...


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In my opinion, everything about a novel or other piece of writing must follow from its whole. If the lengths of your chapters follow narurally from the story.you are telling, then those are the lengths they must have. Word count is the wrong way to evaluate writing (unless you write specifically for a certain word count, as in academic or news writing). Let ...


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Assuming there are no requirements for chapter length you are supposed to meet, I don't believe it matters. Some books maintain a steady chapter length of twenty or so pages (Harry Potter), but I've seen several with a page long chapter, followed by an extremely long one (Inheritance Cycle). Still yet others maintain short chapters throughout (Anne of Green ...



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