Today, we're back into writing again. In regards to Tiyana's comment below, I've been breaking up my long chapters. With very few exceptions, I'm trying to break all my chapters at around 3k words. There are positives and negatives to shorter chapters. I've mused about this before, but let's revisit it.
Short chapters give you more opportunities for 'chapter hooks'. These are cliffhanger ending to chapters or other writer's tricks that keep the reader turning the pages. One of my goals is to be good enough at that to make someone read one of my books from beginning to end without getting out of their chair. I always loved books that did that to me.
Short chapters also allow for POV or setting changes in a natural way that is not confusing or jarring to the reader. I have Jacob and Jael alternating POVs so a shorter chapter can help me show more of what is inside each character's head in regards to a conflict or situation.
Shorter chapters make for a faster-paced book. This helps propel the plot forward. Pick up a thriller by, oh, Neil Flynn, Brad Thor or James Patterson. Almost every chapter is short, some as short as three printed pages. But that may not be the best model for fantasy novels at least.
Long chapters are immersible. You can spend a long time in one person's POV and in one location, really allowing you to flesh out the character and setting. I like that element about long chapters and I think it lends itself well to fantasy and to sci fi novels with intriguing settings.
Long chapter may bore some readers. I'm sure all of us have been reading some novel and we start looking for a good stopping point, leafing ahead to the chapter break. Any time your reader is thinking about quitting reading, then we aren't doing our job well enough. Long chapters CAN fall victim to plot or pacing issues. It doesn't need to, you can keep cramming conflicts and exciting events into a long chapter. You do risk reader fatigue with long chapters. That's been my experience this past year, at least.
Finally, there are some logistic challenges with long chapters. If an editor or agent asks to see your first three chapters and you're sending him 60 manuscript pages as a result, there's a chance they may not read all 60 pages, unless you're really good at keeping the reader hooked.
So, there you have it. If you want you need long chapters in your novel, make sure the plot is advancing. Make sure that the readers stay hooked. Make sure 'something is happening'.