Word count??


I don’t understand word counts. I really don’t. I am in the middle of editing my Robert story and decided to check my word count in Pages. My words total 57,039.

Now on an episode of I Should Be Writing I recently listened to, Mur stated that your word count that is presented to editors / publishers should be an average but that is good because it’s more words than actual words. You should format to Courier 12. Then take your number of pages times 250 and that is your word count. When I do this, it works in reverse for me and I don’t know why. When using this format, I have 158 pages (up from 122) and that times 250 totals 39,500.

Somewhere in here, I have lost 17,539 words. Can anyone explain this???

  1. On average there are 250 words per page double spaced. Is your novel single spaced? If so, that could be the problem.

  2. Make sure your paper choice is set to either A4 or letter. Make sure your margins are 1″ all around. Use either Courier or Times New Roman size 12 and make sure everything is double-spaced, like Auria said. If you do all that, you should get a much different and much larger word count.

    • Aaron
    • January 22nd, 2008

    Thank you for the info! I had forgotten the double spacing. Makes a world of difference.

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