As a part of my rewrite, I’ve been equalising the lengths of chapters. Except in one or two spots I probably didn’t need to do this, but it actually started as an unconscious thing. I simply began to find the chapters were ending up within a certain range, and that led to me doing it more consciously.
Now I’ve read books that were very even in chapter length to a degree similar to one my friend discovered that matched the length of her bus ride each day. I’ve also read some fast-paced books where chapters are sometimes no more than a handful of paragraphs but vary between ultra-short and just short.
I think there is a rhythm created by chapters of a similar length which is a bit like waves crashing – regular, lulling and you learn the timing. Short and varying chapter lengths seem to create something more like a summer rain storm – staccato and irregular. Personally, as a reader I’m happy with either.
As a writer I find it challenging to decide when in the process to actively impose a length. With this rewrite, I think it was better I did it now because the things I need to add are the perfect putty for filling in dips in length without bloating dialogue etc.