PROMOTING YOU: What’s Your Word Count?
We had a great discussion at last week’s critique group meeting about word count. Nandy Ekle found this bit of information on Pinterest:
Short Story = 7 scenes
Novella = 27 scenes
Novel = 60 scenes
Our current group project in progress will feature six novellas around the common theme of the famous highway that goes through the Texas Panhandle: Route 66. We are striving for around 20,000 words each, but it can be a struggle. Sometimes you have to tell the story you want to tell, however long or short it turns out to be.
Here’s another word count guideline I found, which includes several options I’d never thought about:
Twitter fiction (really?)
Under 1000 words = flash fiction
Under 7500 words = short story
7500 – 17500 = novelette
Up to 40,000 = novella
Around 90,000 – 100,000 words = novel (360-400 page manuscript)
Series = 1 scene 1500 words (a change of setting or location is a scene change and usually signals a new chapter)
Let us know your thoughts and suggestions on word count. Thanks for the comments and thanks for following WordsmithSix!