Friday, December 8, 2017

Word counts....Do they really matter? #writerslife #bloggersblast

Do word counts really matter?

Ah, that divisive topic!

For readers, depending on their/your favored genre, they/you may prefer 800,000 word monsters.

Publishers will spout the same "blah blah random book should be this long", demands.

Writers? Meh. You know what? I don't think we care all that much beyond if it the word count of a story meets a specific publisher's call. 

Nanowimo (which we all just bashed away at) insisted for years on 50k to "win"; thankfully, they've relaxed that a bit. 

And then, you have us indies over here that say "Stuff all that we gotta get on with this..."

(er, sorry. Don't know how Pink Floyd slipped in there** er, slightly edited. Warning if cursing offends you don't click that link and check out the song/video).

But really. I've had this conversation with countless writer friends and that's pretty much where we're split: What are you going to do with it? 

While I used to try to plan on making a book x-amount of words long, now, I just go with what the story demands. You know. I've everything from flash fiction to whoppers out there. I even have one manuscript sitting in the trash bin, er, footlocker that came in at (ready for this?) 300,000 words in it's original form. 

And you wonder why I suffer carpal tunnel. >;) And why I have to choose typing a book over typing multiple blogs a week.It's because I used to obsess over word counts, daily, weekly, whatever. add to that the typing that takes place on the internet, and boy do I go way over the Nanowrimo 1600 a day. Yikes! (To be honest, I was doing 2000 or 3000 this November on the best of days so, you can see why I've tried to stay off the keyboard after that.

*Yes I've thought about using that Dragon thing/program; no. From what I've heard about it, it's too wonky to suit my needs. I'll just write what I can when I can.

As far as book length that I look for when I'm buying a book? While I have a collection of 700-800 page fantasy novels on my shelf, these days. I prefer around 45,000 to 55,000. For instance, even when I read classics--(like Tess of the d'Uberville I mentioned the other day), I've found myself thinking "gee this would've been shorter if he'd cut out...whatever it is that seems too much.

So, do word counts really matter? Depending on what you're going to do with it, maybe but for me? No.. As long as the story is told, who cares how long it is or how many words you type per day?

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.


Juli's Books

Available at now at Itunes:
Bicycle Requiem

Amazon. Some also available at Audible, Barnes and Noble, Draft2Digital
Courting the Stationmaster's Daughter by Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, jilted bride, older man-younger woman romance, Amazon kindle, kindle unlimited
Fifty Measly Bucks (To Save A Witch) by Juli D. Revezzo, time travel, dark fantasy, suspense, Salem Witch Trials, New Adult suspense, Kindle Unlimited
Dark fantasy, time travel
Passion's Sacred Dance, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 1 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited
free with Audible trial, Watchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, audiobook
New audiobook @ Audible
audiobook @ Audible
Victorian romance, historical romance, Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, read free with Amazon Prime, Kindle UnlimitedThe Artist's Inheritance, Antique Magic book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionCaitlin's Book of Shadows, Antique Magic book 2, by Juli D. Revezzo, short fiction, free ebook, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction
Drawing Down the Shades, Antique Magic book 3, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionLady of the Tarot by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic romance, historical romance, tarot
House of Cards, Reign of Tarot book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, pagan paranormal fiction, witch fiction, tarot-themed fiction, Gothic fiction, supernatural horrorSing a Mournful Melody by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, Vampire fiction, short storyChangeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, New Adult, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance
Murder Upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. Revezzo, paranromal mystery, Christmas romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedWatchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedBicycle Requiem by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, zombie fiction, novelette, Amazon kindle, Itunes
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