Something I have thinking about as I get further into writing my book, is formatting chapters. So far, I have been writing my chapters with an average length of a little over 5,000 words in mind. This is fairly on the high end, as far as I can tell. One of the reasons I have done this is my story is divided into multiple key character perspectives, but these characters aren't so disconnected that I would feel comfortable writing each chapter to a character- I want some room to breathe with each chapter with what the characters are doing while touching on all the key characters in each one. So far though, at least, I have found I haven't really needed the length to do this, as there are ways I could easily divide my scenes into a larger number of smaller chapters. And while I like the idea of moving around between characters a bunch in every chapter, I wonder whether people would rather see things broken up more even if it means missing out on characters, or at least not seeing very much of them, in some chapters. Related to this, my first chapter currently has 5,762 words, putting on the very high end of my already long chapters. I think this is reasonable as it is this long to cover the initial action focused sequence, then introduce the #1 character, then connect what happened in the action scene to them. However it is still rather long, and I wonder whether it would be best to take the 3600 word action based sequence as the first chapter, and then continue in the second. One of the main reasons I felt compelled to put the second part in is because while the first part introduces four of the major characters, including two main characters who are very much almost as important as the #1 character, it doesn't include the #1 character in any way. I wonder whether this would be appropriate as a first chapter then, or whether that means it should be a prologue? And if the chapter is just too long, maybe I should simply shorten the parts rather than break it up, but I'm not sure how to shorten it very much without ruining the story. Touched on a lot of concerns and ideas here, but the key question is basically: how do you break up a story into chapters? If that helps digest it. If you want more detail, I have posted most of chapter one in the workshop (though some minor edits have been made since): https://www.writingforums.org/threads/foreshadow-very-first-scene-1-360-words.158798/ https://www.writingforums.org/threads/foreshadow-introductory-excerpt-jade-1-081-1-301-words.158666/ https://www.writingforums.org/threads/foreshadow-main-protagonist-introduction-966-words.158991/ And I might post the full first chapter if people want it.