|"It's 90,000 I tell you, Fool!"|
"We'll see about that," said Roger.
There are no end of blog posts about the subject, and it actually appears that lots of people agree with my friend, lots of other people think it can be much shorter and lots of people think it can be much longer. What Mrs Google appears to be telling me is that a women's novel can be anything between 50,000 and 250,000, although if it is your debut novel both are unlikely to be published traditionally. (Unless of course it is a work of utter undeniable genius, as ours will surely be.) A more normal range appears to be between 60,000 and 125,000, so although I am loathe to admit it, my friend's middling 90k target was sort of right.
|After a hard days work, |
Mrs Google enjoys a hearty sing song.
But what I want to know is, do other people write to fit a word count, or do you you write to tell the story? And if you do write to a word count, what do you do if you fall way short or go massively over?
Answers below, or on a postcard please...
|Yes, but how long is a piece of string?|