As writers, we all write stories of one kind or another. And some of those stories, naturally, will be longer than others. For example, the first Harry Potter book is about 87,000 words, while other books, such as Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, is far bigger than that at over 400,000 words. So, how many words should your story be?
The answer is not easy to give right off the bat. Some stories are naturally going to be more complex, and will therefore have to be longer. The key is to make your story as simple as it can be, while at the same time making it only as complicated as it needs to be. If you’re wondering why I’m using the word “stories” in this blog as opposed to “novels,” that’s why. It is important to remember that not every story is meant to be a novel.
Sometimes the complexity of the story demands that it be an entire series of novels, while at other times, you have to let the art be art, and let it remain nothing more than a short story. The bottom line is this: tell the story you want to tell in as few words as possible, and let the art be art. The rest will take care of itself.
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