How Long Should Your Book Be? The Complete Guide

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I found some disagreement about the ideal length of mystery novels. I spend A LOT less time thinking about word count these days.

The rule of thumb is that you shouldn't worry about word count when you're writing your first draft — and it should be even less of a concern in the outlining phase. If the font is a bit smaller or the margins are a bit wider or the page size is a bit larger, it will result in a completely different page count.

Word Count and Book Length

Yes I tend to prefer books to be K or under too. Obsessed with getting the book, the first in a trilogy, to an acceptable length, I checked out two novels to see what these talented writers ended up with in their particular first-of-series. It has almost 10, words.

However, science fiction and fantasy young adult stories are going to run longer than 80, words, due to the world building in those types of novels.

How Many Words are in a Novel?

Good luck on the novel! But look what happens when Sparkle befriends one of them, Marge, which is against the rules and so is going beyond where the toads live. Hello- I am currently writing a book, right now the word count comes to about 25k words. Jade on March 15, 7: I imagine that was a much better way to make money.

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Word Count: How Many Words In a Novel?

A young adult novel will run between 20, and 40, words. After three drafts it wound up at , words, which brings to mind a rather embarrassing moment.

Book length is not something I am overly concerned about but I guess subconsciously I do take it into consideration. These numbers are quoted popularly among other writing associations, too. Thanks so much, Alison. I am k into my epic and am also thinking of splitting into three parts.

Word Count: How Many Words In a Novel?

Giants of the genre e. I know this is an older post about word counts. The importance is the telling showing a good story. I have often looked this up and got different results, which makes it very confusing. It seems to be a flawed way of thinking though. As I delete truly terrible sentences and add in details to overly stark scenes this word count might change.