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Friday Writing Tip: Managing Scope

Do some writing this weekend, y’all.

Stories come in all lengths, but it can be hard to judge the scope of a story before you start writing it. You might find as you write that the story is pulling up too short, or going on far too long.

So, what do you do if your first draft of a historical epic for adults is only 40 000 words long?

Conversely, what do you do if your young adult romance clocks in at 250 000 words?

Of course, a story is as long as it is, and you shouldn’t feel you have to cut out important things, or puff it up with irrelevant subplots. But if you are determined to be published consider the expectations of your reader, and don’t wear out your welcome or abandon them too soon.