Plot, Pacing, and Structure
Chapter length questions
I don't. Whatever needs to go in a chapter needs to go in, and whatever needs to get saved for another chapter gets saved. If that means my chapter lengths are uneven, so be it.
I don't even notice that much as a reader whether chapters are about the same length or not (unless it was for reading assignments in school - and even then, I'd often read ahead). So I really wouldn't worry too much about it.
I read an old book by Lawrence Block long ago. I don't recall the title now but it involves one of his characters, Chip Harrison.
An entire chapter reads, "Chip, I'm pregnant."
Three words total. Today, the trend seems to be shorter, single scene chapters from a page to a few pages in length. I write that way. I find it easier to keep a scene in my head than a long chapter composed of several scenes. Also, being chronically lazy, I limit my day's output to a chapter. If I can fill it, whether 2 pages or 5, I'm done for the day, and I can say I wrote an entire chapter.
--edited by ChuckB on 8/13/2014, 3:01 PM--
I always limit my pages to 12-13 pages before I begin a new chapter.