S21E4 – Word Count: Push the Limits or Stay Reserved?

How many words should be in one novel? There are standard answers for all genres, especially for authors starting out (we’ve discussed as much in prior episodes). Yet there still seems to be an ongoing debate about how rigidly those standards should be followed. Some like to push the limits, writing thousands more words than is recommended. Others barely skirt in on the low end of the scale.

Is there a right answer? Ley and Leigh discuss word counts and the benefits or pitfalls to shooting high or low on the word count suggestions.

First aired April 12, 2021.

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