Wrote a Novel - 180,000 words ; 400 pages ; TOO LONG?
Question: I'm 18 years old and just finished a novel that Ive been working on for a year and a half. However, I'm worried that it might be too long. 180,000 words and 400 pages on Microsoft Word. I head that 160,000 words = 300 pages in book format. I really don't want to take anything out as it'll effect the story drastically. Do you think 180,000 words is acceptable or should I just figure out to cut alot out? Please help. :) vv Thank you guys for all your answers! they've really made me quite excited for the future :) I'll take everything into consideration. I'll let you all know when my book is published and hopefully on the shelves ! :D
Best Answers: Wrote a Novel - 180,000 words ; 400 pages ; TOO LONG?
That's two novels of ideal length. Or one novel that is twice as big as it should be. Seriously, go over 120K on pain of death, and for some agents it's 100K. Oh, and novels are submitted in 12pt. Times or 12pt. Courier, double spaced. My last novel in manuscript didn't have a great deal of dialogue and was 95K at 400 pages. So yours will be at least 800 pages in proper manuscript format. Don't worry about book format; that's not your job. Don't tell an agent the page count; they don't care. Just word count.
tools : word count it gets to me sometimes when i have to write an essay and i dont know how many words ive typed. so i use it [the word count] everytime when i think ive reached th e goal. IT HELPS ALOT. :)
Have you edited and revised this yet? If you haven't, I highly suggest you do. When I revise my stories, I find that I end up cutting a lot of stuff out just because its unnecessary to the story and doesn't advance plot or character. You might find the same. If you've already done that though, have no worries. There are plenty of books out there longer than 300 pages. Google the word counts of some famous books and you might be surprised. I don't think you have anything to worry about.
save it then exit Word, then open word back up and try printing it again. check to see if you are able to print properly from other microsoft office applications such as excel, access and powerpoint. If it doesn't, restart the computer then try again. If it still isn't printing properly, go to control panel and Add/Remove (Programs and Features) and click on Microsoft office, and instead of uninstalling, do a installation repair.
As long as you've done your best work and edited to remove unnecessary words, characters, subplots, etc. then you should be fine. If you can split it into two books, that might save you a lot of grief if you want to get published. Depending on the genre, some agents and publishers will balk at such a high wordcount for a debut novel. Because of the high count your writing must knock the reader's socks off in order to make up for it.
It's not too bad, you should definitely continue no matter what. However I urge you to drop the first person narrative as the majority of both publishers and readers prefer other forms. You should also begin the story with something a little more gripping or exciting. It's going to be difficult to pull a reader in with what you have. As it stands I have little or no idea what sort of story you are writing and most readers will quickly grow bored reading about someone riding in a taxi or picking up their luggage at the airport. Is any of this necessary to tell your story? If so give the reader something up front that will keep them reading through this part.
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