Guys, does it matter if some chapters are really long and some are really short? The first chapter of my book is 7790 words. Then the second is only 2644... Register to remove this ad How many words are the average chapter. How many words are in an actual novel? Does it matter? I have a feeling I need to break up some of the long chapters, but that first chapter, I don't think I can. I may be able to but would it matter if I left it the way it is?