Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
–Mark Twain


So for #bloglikecrazy Day 14 I am sharing my current #NaNoWriMo writing progress as well as some useful novel writing tips I have learned along the way.


This morning’s Word Count started out at:


This evening’s Word Count ended at:



A great website that I found earlier this year with super simple tips for getting started with writing and publishing is entitled 10 Ridiculously Simple Steps for Writing a Book by Jeff Goins of Goins, Writer.


So, since it is Word Count Wednesday #WCW, below I have shared an excerpt from the site’s tips on how to determine and set a total word count for your planned manuscript:


Setting a total word count

Begin with the end in mind. Once you’ve started writing, you need a total word count for your book. Think in terms of 10-thousand work increments and break each chapter into roughly equal lengths. Here are some general guiding principles:

  • 10,000 words = a pamphlet or business white paper. Read time = 30-60 minutes.
  • 20,000 words = short eBook or manifesto. The Communist Manifesto is an example of this, at about 18,000 words. Read time = 1-2 hours.
  • 40,000–60,000 words = standard nonfiction book / novella. The Great Gatsby is an example of this. Read time = three to four hours.
  • 60,000–80,000 words = long nonfiction book / standard-length novel. Most Malcolm Gladwell books fit in this range. Read time = four to six hours.
  • 80,000 words–100,000 words = very long nonfiction book / long novel. The Four-Hour Work Week falls in this range.
  • 100,000+ words = epic-length novel / academic book / biography. Read time = six to eight hours. The Steve Jobs biography would fit this category.


So all in all my word count progress is moving along, slowly but surely, especially from last week’s pitiful numbers. Nevertheless, the following still applies:


Before you can launch a bestseller, you have to write a bestseller.

Jeff Goins

Until next time….keep your writing dreams alive


Write from the Heart,


{Just Being} Candice Maria

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