Definition: is the number of words in a document or passage of text.

How to check what your word count is in a word document:

OPEN your Microsoft Word document/file

On the top, click on REVIEW tab

If you highlight the paragraphs or sentences, you will see only the specific word count for that which is highlighted. If you do not highlight any area, you will see the entire document’s word count.

On a Mac, click on the Launchpad icon in your dock (the gray rocket ship). Type ‘Word’ in the search bar at the top of the screen.


Short story 7,500 words

Novelette 7,500 and 17,500

Novella 17,500 and 40,000 

Romance novel 17,500 and 40,000 

Fantasy and Sci-Fi 180,000 to 200,000

Literary novel 120,000 but can be up to 200,000

Young adult 50,000 and 70,000

Middle Grade 50,000 to 80,000


Biographies and Memoirs 70,000 to 100,000 words

Popular Nonfiction 70,000 to 120,000

Niche Nonfiction – the sky is the limit

*As an interesting side note, ‘Amazon’s Text Stats’ show that the average length of all books on Amazon is about 64,000 words.