While it's important that every story find its natural length, it takes time to develop an instinct as to what that length is. In the meantime, overwriting to the point that your draft exceeds typical word count ranges is a common issue — and those widely-accepted ranges aren't completely arbitrary.
Overwriting drags down a narrative, turns off prospective agents/publishers/readers, and can cause professional services to become prohibitively expensive. To start resolving this issue, let's discuss in terms of excess of story vs. excess of words. The former is a structural problem; the latter, a technical and stylistic problem.
Have you ever checked your book's word count, written a few paragraphs, then checked again? Well, then you've come to the right place. I'm obsessed too. It's okay, it's a disease and we'll get through it together.
Hi, I'm J.F. Wiegand (less cool version being Jeffrey), the author of two middle grade novels: I'm Not Weird, I'm Just Quiet and Race to the Edge of the World. I created this website to help you better gauge your book's word count, because the more examples you see and the more advice you read, the more confident you'll be.
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