My chapters are coming in at an average of 1,000 words. I didn't plan this, it just happened for the first few so I thought why not keep them all that length. One thousand words reflects a good session for me and I'm usually done for a few hours when I reach this target. Now even with my poor grasp of maths, I know this would mean about 100 chapters for a 100,000 word novel, which immediately set alarms bells ringing, as I don't recall seeing or reading a novel with anything even close to that amount of chapters. But then I asked myself, why should it matter? One of the novels I own has chapter lengths somewhere around 500-600 words long, but interesting the author/publishers have chosen to use a simple '>' to mark each one instead of a number. Was this done to avoid three-figure chapter headings which they felt would look odd? Can too many chapters be detrimental to your novel? Would too many put off an agent? You could argue that McCarthy's constant line breaks in The Road are simply chapters disguised as a complex style choice. If that were true, then his total chapter count would come in at multiples of hundred. I suppose the question is, what is the purpose of a chapter? I have to admit I'm not entirely sure. A change of scene? The passing of time?