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How Many Words?

New writers may wonder how many words, on average, should be in a work. It depends on what your writing is geared to. Are you creating a short story, aiming for a book, or something in between?

I’ve come across a wonderful e-zine where I found information on this topic and much more. It's Fiction Factor created by Lee Masterson. Lee is a freelance writer from South Australia and has extensive experience in the world of authorship.

I’d like to share some of the insights from her article “Word Counts for Fiction: How Long Should Your Story Be?” Be sure to read the full article for Lee’s description of the different types of fiction and word counts for e-books too.

Flash Fiction

100 – 1,000 words

Short Story

1,000 – 7,500 words


17,500 – 40,000 words


40,000 – 100,000 words

Happy Writing :->

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