Writing Tip — 27


Micro Fiction — Up to 100 words. Very difficult to write, but an interesting exercise for you to try. Like all stories, this needs a beginning, middle, and end.

Flash Fiction — 100 to 1000 words. A bit easier to write, since you can go into more detail and dialogue.

Short Story — 1000 to 7500 words. You should be familiar with this form of writing from English class in school. Write a short story as an assignment on such and such theme.

Novelette — 7500 to 20,000 words. Something like this could be expanded into a novel.

Novella — 20,000 to 50,000 words.

Novel — 50,000 to 100,000. Accepted lengths in today’s publishing market. On average around 80,000 words.

Epics and Sequels — 100,000 plus.

What about word count for various genres?

Fantasy Genre —  80,000 and 150,000 words

Romance Genre —  80,000 and 100,000 words..

Historical Fiction Genre —  85,000 to 100,000 words.

Mystery Genre —  Stand-alone mysteries 75,000 and 100,000 words. Cozy mysteries 50,000 to 60,000 words.

Suspense/Thriller Genre —  90,000 to 100,000 words.

Speculative Genre —  80,000 and 100,000 words.

Young Adult (YA) Genre —  40,000 and 75,000 words. This depends on the target age group

Western Genre —  45,000 to 75,000 words.

If you plan on submitting your completed and edited work to a publisher, make sure you check their website for the exact information on the word count they accept. If you are going the self-publishing route, you have a more leeway. However, you should take into consideration how many self-published books are vying for readers’ attention. Being a writer and — I hope — a reader; check out various eBooks to find out their word count for the genre you want to write in.

You can start out by writing short pieces before tackling something like a novel or an epic novel. Create a few collections of short stories in the genres you like. As a self-publisher this would give you a presence in the writing world while you work on a novel.

Write flash fiction and post it on your blog, will give people something to read and let them see what you can do. This is a way to start a following for when you publish your novel or collection of short stories.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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2 Responses to Writing Tip — 27

  1. Great post, Anna. This is info all writers should keep handy!

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