Does Length Matter?

I just finished my latest revision of Dystopia and it clocks in at over 93,000 words, making it the longest novel I’ve ever written.

For some reason I’m obsessed with word counts of books – not just my own but novels I’m reading. Dystopia contains nods to 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, and Clockwork Orange. Their word counts are:

Nineteen eighty-four: 88,942

Fahrenheit 451 – 46,118

Brave New World – 64,575

Clockwork Orange – (the internet won’t tell me but it’s a novella so it’s on the shorter side)

So I guess it makes sense that my novel would be longer than the other works since it contains elements from most of them…or maybe it’s just too damn long. The next revision will clock in under 90k, but 93 isn’t a bad place to start. Hitting the 100k mark for a novel seems to be the upper limit for works in most genre while less than 80k nearly drops it out of the “novel” category.

The first draft of my last novel, Cheshire Moon, was less than 70,000 words. I actually had to beef it up a bit in the revisions so now I’m at the other end of the spectrum.

By the way, longest book I’ve ever read:

Atlas Shrugged – 561,996 words


~ by themoderntranscendentalist on December 13, 2012.

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