How long should my story be?

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As long as it takes to get through your planned plot. My story, now stuck perpetual rewrite (I’m not sure I want to keep going, for a variety of reasons) is currently sitting at 35,000, but before I started rewriting it, it was 50,000, and, if I ever reach the end, it should be right back up there.

Word count honestly doesn’t matter much, because it’s more important to have a good story, regardless of whether it takes 1,000 words to complete or 100,000 words to complete. Hell, a “good” (good being extremely subjective) story can be as short as six words, as Ernest Hemingway (maybe) famously proved with this story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

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