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in terms of numbers??
mine does not account beyond a 100 to 150 words .
I prefer short stories to novels
I wrote few children's stories but I wont be counting those.

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Wow, that's short.

A three part, 190K word novel is the longest thing I've written to date.
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You write poetry, Nacia, so it's not really the same as people who write novels. I am currently attempting to get one of my novels up to 50k because a publisher I want to submit to says their minimum is 50K words. I have about 450 words to go, but I'm not sure I can even do that much. On the other hand, I have a rare last name, and this publisher has printed my mother's work. Maybe they will make the connection and decide to give me a chance anyway.
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You write poetry, Nacia, so it's not really the same as people who write novels. I am currently attempting to get one of my novels up to 50k because a publisher I want to submit to says their minimum is 50K words. I have about 450 words to go, but I'm not sure I can even do that much. On the other hand, I have a rare last name, and this publisher has printed my mother's work. Maybe they will make the connection and decide to give me a chance anyway.
I wrote a couple of children stories and short stories but I wont count them.
I decided to keep my writing short myself. I am not a fan of long.
50 K is a brave world.
how do you do ii?
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Wow, that's short.

A three part, 190K word novel is the longest thing I've written to date.
howdy I admire yoru tenacity.
I mean do you have in that in mind before you start writing or does it just happen??
I mean do words just spun out of control haha
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how do you do ii?
With a pen.
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With a pen.
I figured
how many pens??
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howdy I admire yoru tenacity.
I mean do you have in that in mind before you start writing or does it just happen??
I mean do words just spun out of control haha
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Um . . . I don't usually have everything in mind before I start writing, no. It just comes out. And with the first handful of drafts, yes, words do spin out of control. But, being an editor by trade, I tend to rein them in for the final drafts. Hone and polish. No sense publishing a bunch of sprawling junk, and I'm very glad more Indie authors are starting to think this way, too.
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Um . . . I don't usually have everything in mind before I start writing, no. It just comes out. And with the first handful of drafts, yes, words do spin out of control. But, being an editor by trade, I tend to rein them in for the final drafts. Hone and polish. No sense publishing a bunch of sprawling junk, and I'm very glad more Indie authors are starting to think this way, too.
Indie authors?
the last time I heard the term ''Indie'' was when it was associated with music.
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Yes, Indie authors. Authors who publish stuff on their own. Self-pubbers. They're called Indie authors. Not to be confused with being indie published through smaller, "independent" (separate from the big names) publishers.
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The longest... 140k. My free ones come in at about 20k, but the novel-length vis the publisher goe from 90-140K, depending on what content's needed.

I'll learn to do short stories one of these days, but that's a different skill altogether.
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the last time I heard the term ''Indie'' was when it was associated with music.
It works for both. It is short for independent, and therefore works for lots of things.
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My book The Four Worlds: A Beautiful World. It's over 90,000 words long. The second book is going to be over 100,000 words. I just know it.
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My book The Four Worlds: A Beautiful World. It's over 90,000 words long. The second book is going to be over 100,000 words. I just know it.
wow just wow.
do you ever think you have gone too far and then you give up?
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This may not count as it wasn't a story, but in my ICT coursework in my A-levels I did write 164 pages. Mind you that was because there were a lot of screen captures I had to show.
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The longest story I have ever written took the form of a letter and ran over 110,000 words.
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in terms of numbers??
mine does not account beyond a 100 to 150 words .
I prefer short stories to novels
I wrote few children's stories but I wont be counting those.
13,290 for Dystopian Lovers (formerly Fahrenheit 420) which I have the rough draft completed.

13,647 for Disturbed Affection, which I am still working on. It is part of a group of other unfinished short stories known as "Public Displays of Affection."

I have some excerpts from both posted in the forums on here...
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My longest story is about 7,000 words. My longest nonfiction piece is exactly 292,455 words including the index and contents.
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Working on getting Faith and Rainbows up to 50K. I'm at 49,644. Since I doubt I will get the money I am asking for with Kickstarter, I am still going to send it out to publishers, and one that I think I have a higher than normal chance of getting accepted by is willing to consider me. (I have a person connection to one of their writers.)

Edit: Make that 49,653
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wow just wow.
do you ever think you have gone too far and then you give up?
What do you mean?
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What do you mean?
Hi Friday what I mean when you are writing so much do you ever think
I have written too much and decide to stop?
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Nacia - the question seems a bit ambiguous. Do you mean that the STORY seems too much, or that you're simpy tired and have written "enough for now?"

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Nacia - the question seems a bit ambiguous. Do you mean that the STORY seems too much, or that you're simpy tired and have written "enough for now?"

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no I meant when you write too much too many words then you decide you have had enough because all you want to do is get to the end.
you have so many things you want to say/so many words to add you just want to stop and call it a day?
fro example
you decided on having 6 chapters but every chapter is so long. you get to chapter four and decide that is enough you do not want to do the last two chapters so cut it short at chapter 4.
does that make sense?
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Understood.
I believe that if you have something that truly needs to be in the story, then it should be in the story.
If you are burned out, or simply tired of writing, step back for a few days. Don't rush through your ideas just because you are tired. You will be sorry that you did.

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Hi Friday what I mean when you are writing so much do you ever think
I have written too much and decide to stop?
If you mean stop writing in just one sitting, then yes. I usually just write around 500 words at most a day. Now, if you mean writing the whole book and stopping because it's too long, then no. I'm gonna write it until it's finished.
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