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    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Jesusfreak97, Jul 11, 2015.

    So I have a story that is 32,431 words. How many words would be a good goal to shoot for my first novel that I hope to publish?

    I have an app on my phone that keeps track of my word count and what goal I want to reach by what date. I currently have my word count goal set to 40,000. I know this is probably too short but it is a goal I can reach before school gets back in.

    1) is 40,000 words a good goal?
    2) what is a good word count for my novel?

    I know that doesn't make sense but I'll make it work...

    Thanks! :-D
     
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    It varies a bit by genre, but generally I'd say you should be looking at somewhere from 70 - 100K.

    What genre are you writing?
     
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    That's a good question! lol. It's part fantasy, part religious fiction. I dunno if you have ever heard of Tedd Dekker but he does a lot of religious fantasy. :)
     
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    Fantasy can often go a bit over 100K because there's a lot of world building.

    But if you're looking at a sort of spiritual allegory or something, you could go shorter. The Alchemist is short, I think about 45K, and The Little Prince is even shorter, maybe about 20K. Hard to sell to that market if your work isn't truly exceptional, though...
     
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    Yeah...I'm hoping it's good enough for both the secular world and the spiritual world though. I doubt it is but I can dream right?
     
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    Dreams are good!
     
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    Yes! :-D
     
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    I'd be interested in knowing what that app is!

    Answering your questions, I'm thinking back to NaNoWriMo that uses fifty thousand words as the target to be written in a month, so I'd suggest aiming for that, just as it's a good starting point to add and remove as necessary.

    Have you finished the first draft?

    Perhaps find the word count of books that are similar genre/style to yours and see if you can reach that. I'm sure it helps if you can envision the rough size of the book on the shelf!
     
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    The app is called writeometer.

    And thanks! :)
     
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    I looked up a couple Ted Dekker books (you're right, I'd never heard of him). Black is 432 pages as a paperback, Thr3e is 423. There's no totally reliable way to convert pages to word count, but those are long books. If you're trying to emulate him, I'd suggest you'd need a word count up around 100K.
     
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    Eeesh....

    Oh and btw I have read both of those books and they are AMAZING!!!!
     
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    That SFWA chart has sort of academic definitions, but they don't really match what I see people publishing. If I bought a 'novel' that was only 40K words long, I'd feel ripped off, especially if it was SF/F, where novels tend to be longer.
     
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    That's true. I'd publish it as a novella.
     
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    I'm gonna shoot for 50,000 words and see where that takes me...once I hit that mark I may add more.
     

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