So, recently I have been noticing that my chapters have been getting shorter and shorter. Curious about it, I looked back to find that some of my first chapters were just as short–and my middle chapters can be quite long. I have been trying to keep my chapters where they have one or two scenes that are relevant to each other, breaking up any additional scenes that change the flow of thought. Now I’m wondering whether or not I should combine more chapters to mix it up so the chapters aren’t all falling below my “normal” bar.
To show you what I mean:
The first five chapters had between 1k-2.5k words. Chapter six had 4k, and from then until chapter thirteen had between 2k-3.5k. The next four chapters level off at 2k-2.5k, and the rest I have written (chapters nineteen to twenty-seven) all have below 2k.
Are these too inconsistent since they shift throughout the novel? Should I combine chapters to make long ones inside the spans of otherwise short chapters?