I don't often talk about my own writing on here but I have been musing about chapter length and word count and so I thought I'd post about it.
I'm writing a book for 9+ readers. It's a sci-fi novel. I've written a complete first draft which came in at 42000 words.
I've been editing. Today I worked on Chapter 9. I randomly decided to see how many words I'd cut from the first 9 chapters. I was really surprised when it turned out that I had only cut 219 words. I have cut a lot more than that but as I rework certain parts of the structure, I have had to add in scenes etc. I'm confident that I'm not adding in unnecessary information. So for those in the know, I have a question: Is a novel of around 40000 words a comfortable length for the 9+ market?
The second query I have is regarding chapter length. Should chapters be of a consistent length? Would it be unadvisable to have a chapter that is say longer than the others by about 300 words? Or is it ok for chapter length to vary throughout an individual novel? Is there an ideal chapter length for 9+ readers?
And a final question, should an aspiring writer have an online presence? Is a blog like this one appropriate for that purpose? Or should it be more focused on the process of writing? If you have any links to articles on this issue, please share them. We are going to be talking about this issue on my writing course in a couple of weeks.
If you have an aspiring writer blog, feel welcome to link it in the comments.