Word Counts…


Word count, the eternal question for a writer… I’ve been asked this question so many times that I’ve lost count. How do you know how many words your manuscript should be? How do you forecast it?

Words form themselves in a manuscript and if you’re a writer, you totally understand that statement. Now with preorders available on many book sites, the first thing they ask is what will be your word count, you have to ask yourself that very question. Do you know? Any round about figures?

Here’s how I figure the word count or where it should be by the time I type The End.

Well, as most of you know, I do an outline for almost all of my books. As I do the outline, each part of the outline is a chapter and each chapter should have an average of as little as 1200 words and as many as 2000 words. (That’s my figuring, not a science 😉 )

Then of course, when I finish the outline, I go back and figure up the chapters times the average chapter length. My outline helps me to make sure the story can go the length of the book. If I can only get to number 10, then it will be a fairly short novella, but if it can go the distance to around 20 or more, well, I have a good size book on my hands.

You may be asking how I know it will go the length I’ve figured, well, in outlining, each section should have a good position. Meaning you should be able to make at least a chapter out of that one section. If not, then it will be shorter than expected. When I do my outline, I think deeply over each section and make sure the story can carry enough gusto to finish the chapter.

So, how do you figure your word count? Ever figure too short or too long? It happens, but if it’s not published yet, don’t sweat it…

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

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6 thoughts on “Word Counts…

  1. Stephanie, I’m a slow writer. A good day for me might be only 500 words. With few exceptions, I write every day, and that’s what “counts” for me! 🙂

  2. Cool. I stopped counting, but always make sure it’s not too long. I write, and then I cut mercilessly. I cut everything I can cut. An adjective has to work hard to prove it deserves its place in the text, and adverbs are very rare. I realized I don’t like writing long because I lose interest. I like loving to read my stories, and if they stretch that doesn’t happen. In order to grip others, they have to grip me first. But right now I’m wondering if I should call The Executioner Part II a novel at 57.000 words. What do you think?

    1. That’s one of the things I love about blogging. I get to read other opinions and ways of doing things that I take into mind as I sit down to work on my manuscript.

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