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chrispenycate

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It should be the length it needs to be. If it's really over the top it might need splitting, but much longer works are not merely accepted but sought out nowadays. But a story basically defines its own length.
 

Heijan Xavier

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It should be the length it needs to be. If it's really over the top it might need splitting, but much longer works are not merely accepted but sought out nowadays. But a story basically defines its own length.
I figured that was the answer. I was just wondering if there are any general recommendations for length.
 

Jo Zebedee

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How many words should a chapter be? How many words should a Sci-Fi novel be?

I ask because what I'm working on now began as a prologue but is becoming kind of a short Novel or long Novella and will probably clock in around 50,000 words over 6 chapters.
1. Entirely up to you. Short chapters keep pace up, longer ones help immersion. Mine tend to be c 12-1600 words but I err on the pacy side of life....

2. Again, it depends. Anything over 40k is a novel and I've sold one at 60k before. But usually 90-100k is more normal. As a debut you'll struggle to sell anything over 110 unless it is epic fantasy or Space Opera, which go longer (c125k). But it's all very flexible, especially in the self publishing world. (My novels to date are 160k, 85k, 100k, 90k and 60k. They'll be what they need to be :))
 

Ashleyne

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After delicate experimentation, I've discovered that I do, indeed, have the capacity to listen to music and write at the same time, without the lyrics distracting me.

Here I am, darkness concealing the mess of my room. My candle sprouts a trifecta of flame ladies dancing together, from this angle. It's just me, the story, and Blondie yelling at me to call her through my headphones.

I'm at 52,000 words, give or take.
 

Luiglin

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All set in the Dark Lordiverse.

  • Untitled Dark Lord - 49k words
  • Fodder - 9k words
  • Short - 35k words
  • The Four - 14k words
I really need to finish one :ROFLMAO:
 

LittleStar

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Title: All About Alys
Genre: Romance
Current Wordcount: 39,953
Projected Wordcount: 40-45k
Start Date: 1st Jan 2017
End Date : 8th Jan 2017

All About Alys - 1st-8th Jan.

So, it’s been a while since posting here (surely not 2+ years!) But I thought I’d update on the word count. I’ve been busy editing this story over the last long time, and have had several full read-throughs by my partner/free-of-charge editor and a couple of hefty redrafts because of it. Elements added, elements developed, characters changed cut or rethought, and all the stronger for it.

It’s been slow going, with many long breaks I’m between. But I’m finally happy with the result and will be on the hunt for a few kind betas over in the writing group shortly.

Final word count smashes the projected count and weighs in at 86k! o_O
 
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