Jennifer debates the length of her novel…
I know there are standard word counts for different types of books—novellas, novels, etc. But is there a word count that you feel comfortable writing?
My first book was almost 90,000 when I was finished. There was a certain inspiration that kept the words flowing and I had no trouble reaching it. It could be that since it was my first book, I didn’t edit out enough. Still, I love that word count.
The rest of my books have been in the 65,000-75,000 range and I had a much more difficult time getting there. Part of me feels like it’s too short; that I’ve sped through things that I should have taken more time with. But at the same time, the stories were complete.
I know some editors shy away from the longer word counts, especially from first-time authors. My current editor is open to all word counts, although she’s specifically looking for novellas.
While my word counts have been shrinking to the 65,000 range, I can’t imagine writing a novella—not enough detail or time to develop the characters or the story, at least in my opinion. But I have writer friends who love it.
So, what do you think?