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An easy, highly variable way: Pick up a book that is formatted approximately as you think yours might be. Pick five random pages in the book. Do not involve your eyes in picking the pages. Count the number of words per page, and compute the mean. Divide your word count by that mean. A more reliable way, involving somewhat more work: Pick up a book that ...


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The answer to this question is simple: there is no minimum recommended length. Write the best damn story you can possibly write, regardless of length. Put every ounce of blood, sweat and tears into it. Forget to eat, lose sleep, neglect your family — truly immerse yourself into the book. Then you edit, re-edit and maybe edit some more until you are left ...


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Word count matters. Here are some posts about what word counts are acceptable for which genre and age group: http://literaticat.blogspot.ca/2011/05/wordcount-dracula.html http://www.literaryrejections.com/word-count/ http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/word-count-for-novels-and-childrens-books-the-definitive-post New ...


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Don't worry about the number of pages, that is dependent on the way the eventual book is typeset. The question you want to ask, as the writer, is "do I have too many words (or too few) for the amount of story I have written." It's perfectly possible to use too many words to tell too little story, or too few words to tell too much, but the number of pages ...


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In the context of a formatted manuscript, the "word count" isn't the precise number of words, nor is it directly inferred from the number of pages. What you're actually doing here is finding the number of lines your manuscript will take, because a line with just a few words on it still takes up as much page space as a line that's full to the end. But even ...


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There's no hard and fast rule for when to end or start a new chapter. Like word choice or sentence length, it's a matter of feel, of craftsmanship. Still, there ought to be a good reason for beginning and ending a chapter. Given this, being aware of some of the reasons why you might end/start a chapter is helpful. Among the more common reasons for ...


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Really? It's not possible. If you write a book full of dialogue, like theatre, or a book without blank typo, you won't have the same wordcount for the same number of page. For a manuscript, in general, it's not the word count that you have to take. It's the character count. You can make an average for your book, already. You take some pages, you see the ...


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My average is 1500 typically, which doesn't sound like too much but I think that I manage to provide a reasonably large amount of story in each portion. It all depends on how you write, I think. I'm not usually one to drag things out, but it's different for everyone.



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