WORD COUNT GUIDE FOR WRITERS
You did your research. You know the Genre for your story; planned the very important “opening sentence”; know your characters flaws and talents, and plotted the entire story by outlining each segment, as suggested by professional authors. One of the decisions to make is the word count usually required for your Genre. There is a guide for each genre, and it is listed below:
QUESTION: What is average word count of the following?
Mystery- 60,000 to 80,000 words
Thriller- 90,000 to 120,000 words
Young adult novel- 25,000 to 60,000 words
Business/How to- 50,000 to 70,000 words
Novella- 25,000 to 40,000 words
Sci-fi novel- 80,000 to 120,000 words
Memoir- 50,000 to 90,000 words
Middle Grade- 20,000 to 50,000
Picture book for children 500 to 600 words
QUESTION: What is standard for a typewritten page?
250 words per page, double spaced.
QUESTION: What is average word count for a high school or College Essay?
400 to 700 words. This is about five paragraphs
This information came from one of the issues of Writer’s Digest. .If you have not discovered this wonderful magazine, give it a try. Good Luck!