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Useful Info…

…about WORD COUNT.

When writing a book, it can be useful to know in advance what sort of word count you need to be aiming for.  There are different recommendations for short stories, novellas and a regular novel. Below is a rough guide:


As my WIP is a novel, I’m more interested in the last word count listed. As it turns out, target audience and genre can have an impact on the expected/suggested length of your work. For example:

  • a regular novel for adults = 80,000 – 110,000 words
  • a literary novel for adults = 60,000 – 80,000 words
  • a sci-fi or fantasy novel for adults = 100,000 – 125,000 words
  • shorter stories for ‘tweens’ = 20,000 – 55,000 words
  • YA fiction = 55,000 – 80,000 words

These figures are just guidelines (as found on sites like Writer’s Digest and Writers’ & Artists’). Wiggle room of about 10% is generally accepted, as long as the writing is good, and your word count is justifiable. Obviously, there will always be exceptions to the rule (which may well be you) but it’s good to have an idea of what ball-park you should be aiming for.


2 thoughts on “Useful Info…

    1. You’re absolutely right, the story being told is more important than obsessing over word count 🙂 I just find it a little easier in the planning stage if I have an idea of what I should be aiming for. Thanks for your comment Rachel!

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