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Question. - July 16th 2012, 08:24 PM

Would you rather read a book with long, detailed chapters or short, fast paced chapters?
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Re: Question. - July 16th 2012, 08:44 PM

I guess it depends what the book is trying to get across. If description is a big part of the book, and you need imagery and things to set the scene in your head with, then I'd prefer the chapters to be long and detailed. But if it's just a quick read and doesn't really rely too much on that, I don't really mind either way. As long as it's not going to bore me, I'll read either.



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Re: Question. - July 16th 2012, 09:20 PM

I never actually notice chapters, but I tend to read books with longer ones.


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Re: Question. - July 16th 2012, 11:00 PM

Okay. I just wonder because the chapters I write are never very long, maybe 5 pages at most, and I figured I'd get peoples opinions.
   
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Re: Question. - July 16th 2012, 11:01 PM

I'm one to read a book that's not too fast paced and not to slow either, but gets the points across at the same time. I think about 8-10 pages per chapter is good enough for me. If it's shorter than that, that's fine. Shouldn't be too short or too long. Just enough to keep the idea flowing naturally.




   
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Re: Question. - July 16th 2012, 11:10 PM

Myself, I prefer short and fast paced, and it shows in my writing. But at the same time I love love love the Harry Potter series, and the chapters are Hella long. So I find myself conflicted when I write because I don't know what the majority likes.
   
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Re: Question. - July 16th 2012, 11:21 PM

I think the majority likes variety. You could have short chapters and a few long chapters here and there as well. I've read a book called 1984 that had a variety and only one chapter that was about 40 pages long near the end and it's still a popular book. Mind you, it was made in the 1940's and is still a known, popularized book today.




   
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Re: Question. - July 17th 2012, 12:10 AM

Hi Kyra!

I hope you're having a dandy day!!

I just wrote a book. And most of the chapters are no more than TWO pages long. With many being a single page. Imagine that! I appreciate WHY you're asking the question. But IF I learned anything in the whole stressful process of 'how to write a book' [I'm even my own publisher!] it's this.....

DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO! WRITE IN A WAY THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!

Think of writing as an art - because it is. If someone you knew was about to paint a picture - and they asked you what colours they should use - what would you say? I am HOPING that you would say, "It's YOUR painting - YOU decide what it should look like!" And the same is true when it comes to writing.

Fact is - I delayed the writing of my book for YEARS AND YEARS because I couldn't figure out what someone ELSE might want MY book to look like. Once I woke up and realized that it's MY BOOK and that I can do what I want - the writing began!

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Re: Question. - July 17th 2012, 01:52 AM

The painting analogy was actually really good... Thanks Craig. I just get very self critical and really want to do something that everyone really likes.
   
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Re: Question. - July 17th 2012, 10:21 PM

Hey Kyra,

My personal preference is short paced chapters but it also depends on if I find the book really interesting or not.
   
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Re: Question. - July 18th 2012, 05:25 AM

I think for me it depends on the book. If it's one I'm not too big of a fan of (i.e ones I'm forced to for school but don't like or just want to finish now that I have it) I prefer short ones, but if I like the book I don't mind either way unless it gets slow.


   
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Re: Question. - July 22nd 2012, 05:38 PM

Like some of the others have said it depends on the book. If it needs details to understand the book then long is fine. But if the author can describe all that needs to be described then short is fine too.





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Re: Question. - July 27th 2012, 01:41 PM

I usually prefer books with short, fast-paced chapters. But if I really enjoy the writing style, then I don't notice the length. Everyone is different and there's no right or wrong way to write a story, just go with what you prefer




   
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Re: Question. - July 28th 2012, 08:11 PM

I love both but I like short chapters because I hate having to stop in the middle of a chapter. And I hate when I'm reading before bed and I'm really tired but I have to keep going and finish a chapter. So I prefer shorter ones because its easier to find a place for me to stop. Then I would be reading when I want to be done and end up missing things.


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