For Tip Tuesday this week, Phil Siegel sent in a neat tip related to word count goals. Phil blogs at A Time to Phil. This is the first time I've featured him so definitely drop by his blog for a visit when you're done here. He has some great posts on writing and publishing. Enjoy!
Tip Tuesday – Writing by the Numbers
This is primarily for plotters and people who like math and measurable goals. Writing a book is a daunting task, so I like to break it down into smaller, more manageable pieces. Let’s say you’re writing a young adult novel, and your goal is 60,000 words.
-There are on average 250 words on a double-spaced Microsoft Word page with standard margins and 12-point font.
-Figure out how many chapters your book will have. I’ll use 30 in this scenario.
-Total words/chapters = Words per chapter. In this case, 60,000/30 = 2000 words per chapter.
-Words per chapter/words per page = Pages per chapter. 2000/250 = 8 pages per chapter.
When I sit down to write, I don’t look at my novel as one 60,000 word behemoth, but rather a string of 2,000 word, 8-paged segments.
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