According to a recent blog post on Publishers Weekly, the average novel has 64,500 words. That’s not much actually. And I suppose you don’t care, but I do.
Okay, maybe more so than other writers I have always been a bit obsessed with word counts for novels and short stories. And by obsessed, I mean being very conscious of making sure that what fiction I write comes in at or over certain milestones of length.
Don’t worry, something similar happens with me when I write scripts, with me always aiming for description to make up 75% of a script and dialogue 23% or less, (certain analysis tools in Final Draft allow me to pursue this obsession). Anyway, I’m very prescriptive about length when it comes to fiction.
I’m a quarter of the way through writing my short story collection and while it is a whole bunch of short stories, I’m planning on giving potential readers a novel’s worth of words. You see, on average, a book of fiction is considered a novel when it’s at least 50,000 words in length.
Anyway, you can go about your business now… though if any writers are reading this…
Do you worry about word count as well when writing fiction?