Book and photo by Anne Hart.
Interestingly, the best strategy I learned from earning a graduate degree in creative writing many decades ago is to keep the short story or novel chapter brief. I always asked myself these three questions that have been said many times before writing a book, article, or fiction--novel, script, play, or life story. Lecturing isn't communicating. Connecting is.
1. What's the situation, event, or experience?
2. What outcome/impact/result is it causing?
3. What's your resolution? (Solve the problem or get measurable results in clear and easy-to-understand steps the readers can follow.)
You also may wish to see the listing of the cover and title of my paperback book, Cover Letters, Follow-Ups, Queries & Book Proposals: Samples with Templates, by Anne Hart. Published April 22, 2004.