Hi guys, What's the average number of words that an author should aim for when writing a novel? I'm aware that you should only use enough words that the story needs, but I"m talking from a commercial viability point. Is it better in terms of sales to have less words, or more? I've been working on 100,000 but wondering if that's too much. Currently at 25,000, but I can beef my writing up a bit more by adding more scenes pretty easily. I've already done that as part of my first edit of what I had. Some of my writing was essentially a summary of what happened. I had one chunk of 200 words that ended up over a 1000 words simply because I wrote stuff like They raided several stores, getting a weeks worth of food and water. The whole scene was written like that. Boring. Plus I was reading a zombie book and I realized one key thing I haven't put in my descriptions. That's the attire of the zombies. My female main character is the feeling one, who doesn't want to kill zombies because they were people. Yet without describing their human aspect, which is what they're wearing, that empathy for them doesn't really convey that. Thanks!