I realize this question is impossible to answer definitively. I'm just looking for some guidelines... I've divided the draft of my novel into a small number of fairly large chapters that run in the 10,000 word range. In each chapter I have several abrupt scene shifts where I change setting and POV character. This allows me to follow several different characters in one chapter even though they are in different parts of the world doing different things. The scene lengths vary from a handful of paragraphs to around 2,000 words. Generally the scenes occur "at the same time" or close to each other in time but I have a significant time gap between some of the chapters. When I started I felt that the scene shifts added interest to the story but now I think I'm overusing them. When I read the story straight through it comes across as choppy. Also I've come to see my inability to smoothly transition from one scene to another as a liability rather than as a clever device. I'm looking for ways of combing or eliminating short scenes. My story naturally divides into three major sections. Thus I'm thinking about reorganizing the work's structure. I'm thinking about having three parts with a larger number of small chapters, each self contained without abrupt scene breaks. I would switch setting and POV only at chapter boundaries and do the major time jumps at part boundaries. Okay... so my question... what is a "normal" length for a chapter in such an organization? Of course it depends... but I don't want to produce chapters that are ridiculously short or excessively long. I'm writing science fiction and the recent books I've seen in this genre tend to have chapters that can be comfortably read in a fairly short time. That's convenient for readers and I think it will match my work as well. Just how long are those chapters anyway?