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lifeafterdeath
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:11:36 PM

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Seriously, I'm going to start writing again and I'd like to know what's a good average word count to have. I know some people like nivek_88 has about 10,000 per part (assuming, not really sure) but his stories never get worn out. I've read a few stories on here that's really disappointed me in terms of length (that's what she said?), and I dont want to finish too soon, or too abruptly. So, an idea of how long a good story is is probably a good place to start.



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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:14:10 PM

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The limit is 3000 characters which is roughly 500-600 words, depending on how long your words are. I tend to write my stories about 2000-4000 words so that I can have a solid beginning and not rush the ending.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 5:32:00 PM

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one_winged_angel wrote:
The limit is 3000 characters which is roughly 500-600 words, depending on how long your words are. I tend to write my stories about 2000-4000 words so that I can have a solid beginning and not rush the ending.


Whoa, you tricked me with your profile picture for a second. I thought Sprite replied to this :P :)
When you say limit, I'm just going to assume that that's the minimum required for a story.
Right now I'm in the process or writing one, it's about 3,000 words and I havent even introduced sex! d'oh!
I hope when I post it they dont reject it... like my other story.

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 5:34:14 PM

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lifeafterdeath wrote:


Whoa, you tricked me with your profile picture for a second. I thought Sprite replied to this :P :)
When you say limit, I'm just going to assume that that's the minimum required for a story.
Right now I'm in the process or writing one, it's about 3,000 words and I havent even introduced sex! d'oh!
I hope when I post it they dont reject it... like my other story.


Hahaha

Yep, that's the limit.

As long as you don't go over 10,000 words, edit it properly and keep within the guidelines, should be ok.

I took a peek at why the last one was rejected, as long as you don't do what you did last time, you should be fine.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 5:56:39 PM

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if a story goes past the 10,000 word limit, i suggest you simply break it into two parts - that's common practice here for many of our writers. :)



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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:04:18 PM

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one_winged_angel wrote:


Hahaha

Yep, that's the limit.

As long as you don't go over 10,000 words, edit it properly and keep within the guidelines, should be ok.

I took a peek at why the last one was rejected, as long as you don't do what you did last time, you should be fine.




sprite wrote:


if a story goes past the 10,000 word limit, i suggest you simply break it into two parts - that's common practice here for many of our writers. :)


Oooh I kinda forgot what I did wrong last time, plus it would have taken a while to edit and stuff.... I'll get to it, one day.
I think I'll make parts to this, actually. There'a lot of potential for the future in the scenes I'm writing, and I'm putting in a ton of build up (to build characters, somewhat.)

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:09:55 PM

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always remember, 10,000 words gets you published. 10,001 gets you a visit by some very unsavory Ukrainians armed with pliers and rubber hoses. ;)



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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:12:05 PM

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lifeafterdeath wrote:


Oooh I kinda forgot what I did wrong last time, plus it would have taken a while to edit and stuff.... I'll get to it, one day.
I think I'll make parts to this, actually. There'a lot of potential for the future in the scenes I'm writing, and I'm putting in a ton of build up (to build characters, somewhat.)


If you really want to see what you did wrong, all you have to do is go to the top of the page, click Account and you should see "My stories" on the drop down menu, you can see your rejected story there and why it was removed. Also, there should be a message from a verifier in your inbox.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:14:47 PM

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sprite wrote:
always remember, 10,000 words gets you published. 10,001 gets you a visit by some very unsavory Ukrainians armed with pliers and rubber hoses. ;)


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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:15:00 PM

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one_winged_angel wrote:


If you really want to see what you did wrong, all you have to do is go to the top of the page, click Account and you should see "My stories" on the drop down menu, you can see your rejected story there and why it was removed. Also, there should be a message from a verifier in your inbox.


I'll be sure to check that out. Thank you for the info :)

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lifeafterdeath
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:17:19 PM

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sprite wrote:
always remember, 10,000 words gets you published. 10,001 gets you a visit by some very unsavory Ukrainians armed with pliers and rubber hoses. ;)


I'm not sure I understand this.

As for my rejected story, uh........ I know that this is dumb, but, what's 'tense shifts'?

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:21:23 PM

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lifeafterdeath wrote:


I'm not sure I understand this.

As for my rejected story, uh........ I know that this is dumb, but, what's 'tense shifts'?


It's when you start in one tense switch to another and then back again. E.g I saw (past) her sitting there and walk (present) over to introduce myself. She grabbed (past) my hand and says (present), "I saw you watching me."
lifeafterdeath
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:26:37 PM

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one_winged_angel wrote:


It's when you start in one tense switch to another and then back again. E.g I saw (past) her sitting there and walk (present) over to introduce myself. She grabbed (past) my hand and says (present), "I saw you watching me."


Damn, that's going to take a while to change. :|
Thanks for clearing that up, though :) I appreciate it.

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:39:23 PM

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You're very welcome :)
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