Word Counts

I’m not sure if I am the only one, but when i first began writing, I was horribly confused over how long a book should be, dependent upon what type of book I initially planned on writing. What is the difference between a novelette and a novella? what about those,and a novel? what the heck is micro fiction, and what sort of word count does a short story actually have? Well, after much research, I have figured it out, and i now plan on sharing my knowledge with all of you fabulous readers, bloggers, and writers.

Micro Fiction:
An extremely difficult type of writing, which has a word count of less than 100 words. I find that even the thought of trying to write a decent story under 100 words gives me a panic attack.

Flash Fiction:
A very short, ‘short story’ which comes in between 100 and 1,000 words. It’s basically what you would see in a magazine, covering one, maybe two or three pages. it may also be what you would see in a blog.

Short Story:
This is your normal, run of the mill short story. The agreed upon word count is between 1,000 and 7,500 words. Short stories usually only follow one basic story line

This is basically a very short novel. Between 7,500 and 20,000 words, this will have a more complex than a short story, but not as quite as involved as a full length novel.

20,000 to 50,000 words. This is a novel, only in a shorter length. Novella’s will usually be published as a series in which each major piece of the story is chunked into one novella.

50,000 to 110,000. A regular, full length novel. This is what is most common.

Personally, I have written two novels, and one novella. My word counts range, but I’ve never been very good at writing very short stories. I’m too inclined towards detail. haha. hope this helped you as much as it helped me! 🙂


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  3. Lissa
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 23:42:53

    Great info! Thanks, Chelsea!


  4. adtrosper
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 23:18:40

    I’ve wondered about how the smaller novels break down.


    • Dixie's Ranter
      Jan 27, 2013 @ 23:29:29

      That was the biggest issue I had also. I finally decided to figure it out when I decided I wanted to release my new novella series 🙂 I wasn’t sure whether it would be considered a novella series or a novelette series. Now I know. haha.


  5. Shareen
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 22:22:19

    Oh thank you thank you thank you.


    • Dixie's Ranter
      Jan 27, 2013 @ 22:29:31

      haha, you are so welcome 🙂 I thought this was one of the most confusing aspects of writing for me to figure out. 🙂


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