How Long Should Your Novel Be?

Writing a novel? Awesome! If you’re like me, you’re probably keeping an eye on that little “word count” ticker on the bottom of your screen, wondering to yourself, Is this going to be long enough to count as a novel?

Turns out, there are rules to the game of writing. A novel's definition is a little more specific than just “a long story with chapters”, and it’s important (in my opinion) to set a clear word count goal before getting started. Setting a word count goal will help you pace the action and also give you a target to shoot at. As always, there are exceptions, but, hey … might as well know the rules before breaking them.

So … what are the rules?