14 March 2012

How long is a novel (in word count)?


I just reached 40-thousand words!

My goal is 80K words for Kings of Persia—the first draft at least. That's about 200 pages if it's a printed novel. I think the final draft might be closer to 100k, but we'll see. (Brevity is the soul of wit, after all.)

Catcher in the Rye is 73k. And if it's good enough for Holden, it's good enough for me. 

I don't think I'll ever write a book as long as Atlas Shrugged. What a horrible thing to do to your readers.


Ayn RandAtlas Shrugged
561,996
Charles DickensA Tale of Two Cities
135,420
Erich RemarqueAll Quiet on the Western Front
61,922
Ernest HemingwayThe Sun Also Rises
67,707
Fyodor DostoyevskyCrime and Punishment
211,591
George OrwellNineteen Eighty-Four
88,942
Harper LeeTo Kill A Mockingbird
99,121
Harriet Beecher StoweUncle Tom’s Cabin
166,622
Henry David ThoreauWalden
114,634
J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye
73,404
James Fenimore CooperLast of the Mohicans
145,469
Jane AustenPersuasion
87,978
John KnowlesA Separate Peace
56,787
John SteinbackThe Grapes of Wrath
169,481
Joseph HellerCatch-22
174,269
Kurt VonnegutSlaughterhouse-Five
49,459
Leo TolstoyWar and Peace
587,287
Mark TwainThe Adventures of Huck Finn
109,571
Nathaniel HawthorneThe Scarlet Letter
63,604
Oscar WildeThe Picture of Dorian Gray
78,462
Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451
46,118
William FaulknerAs I Lay Dying
56,695
William GoldingLord of the Flies
59,900