Friday, April 30, 2010
Tally, Tally, Tally, Get Your Word Counts Here...
When I started my WIP for a YA historical, my word count was 76,000. It was no Stephanie Meyer pound cake at 120,000 or so, but it wasn't too small either.
(And for all you Twi-hards or Twi-haters out there, read that as you like. 120,000 nibbles of sublime sweetness or 120,000 chunks of junk food, whichever you prefer. Maybe both.)
And then I revised and cut the first 80 pages and my count plummeted to 49K. I had no idea how to develop my plot and make it fit a higher count. Then I obsessed about word count, staring at the bottom of my Word Doc waiting for the numbers to fly upwards.
Now I'm back at 71,000. Apparently I'm in the sweet spot for YA. And yes, the number does make me feel better, but I'm more psyched about what got me to that number—a story with more flesh and bones throughout.
Here's what agent Colleen Linsday has to say about about word counts of different genres.
And Bookends LLC blogged about it too.
I'd love to see what word counts you guys have in your manuscripts. So, in the tune of "Lolly Lolly Lolly get your adverbs here" (am I dating myself with School House Rock? Heck yeah.) let's hear what your word counts are, whether they're at 7 words so far, or complete at 159,286.