So I'm just curious. How many word are generally in a novel because when I looked it up the numbers I got seemed so small. 130,000 is an epic novel-things like that. Just wondering what everyone thinks. And on that note who thinks 200,000 is to long for a single story of inspiration through suffering. Never read the book Pursuit of Happiness was based on, but if it was 200,000 words would that be to long for a story like that? I know stories should be as long as they need to be to tell it, but I'm talking about others picking up the book to read.