My Writing Philosophy

Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) (1).png

According to Reedsy, a "story that is over 40,000 words is generally considered a novel. However, it will be on the short side, as the average length of a novel hovers around 50,000-70,000 words". (These criteria are followed by both the Hugo and Nebula awards. My novels tend to fall into this category, being between forty and sixty thousand words long.

In days gone by, book length was very important as the only way to publish a book was traditionally and as a printed entity. Thus, the thicker a book was, the more shelf space it took up and the more substantial a purchase it seemed. Nowadays, in the digital age, we have E-books which don't rely on visual size as a selling point..

My philosophy is that a story should be as long as it needs to be. To pack a story with extraneous words in a bid to reach an arbitrary word count seems to me to be disingenuous to the reader, the author, and even the story itself. So my stories are always the perfect length for the story I'm writing, be they a short story (up to 7,500 words), a novella (17,500 - 40,000 words), or a novel (40,000+ words). I have yet to write a novelette (7,500 - 17,500 words).