Devoted Scribblers! I'm back! I'm addressing YOU! Chew on this:
Keep in mind that for NaNoWriMo, you've got to write 50k. Fifty thousand words.
But also, look at some word counts from YA bestsellers:
Twilight: Almost 119k
Breaking Dawn (most recent in the Twilight sega): 188.5k
The Hunger Games: 99k
Catching Fire (THG sequel): 80k
Artemis Fowl (First book): 58.5k
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox (most recent in the series): 82k
(Side note #1: Sadly, I couldn't find the word count for Scott Westerfeld's Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras. That's the other series I would have liked to put up here.)
(Side note #2: I notice that, aside from THG, the sequels are usually remarkeably longer than the first in the series. That's why I put up the firsts and lasts)
I look at the above and say, Wow. That's a lot of words.
Feeling a bit discouraged, aspiring authors? Squirming over there, Devoted Scribblers?
Read Gail Carson Levine's post HERE. I love her blog, btw.
Levine's post is encouraging when I look at my scant 60 thousand words. But the reason I'm putting up these word count estimations is that I don't want us to aim too low.
Let's not shoot for 50k. We're talking about hundreds of thousands of words here.
Short, as Levine said, is often sweet and apt.
But long is epic.
And while we're at writing hundreds of thousands of words, let's try to use our pens more skillfully than Stephanie Meyers, 'kay?