This post is so very interesting. Don’t get put off by the math. Everyone asks about word count. How many words do you write a day. How long will you novel/novella/short story be? It is all about words. It is thought provoking to see it laid out in black and white the number of novels that could possibly be written – of course, some of those wouldn’t make much sense, but that is taken into account. Don’t worry about the math. You aren’t forced to actually solve those nasty equations. I know it gives people heart palpitations when they see powers, and whatnot.
It was also interesting to know that a prediction was made about computers writing books. Clearly the author has a solid background in technology, because the reasoning was based on solid facts. Next time you see a computer with an imagination, let me know, I will be the first to buy one.
So enjoy the post,
I like reading. I like writing. When you’ve been writing for a while, you start to get really obsessed with word counts. Anybody you talk to about publishing something you’ve written will want to know your word count. For short fiction, you sometimes get paid by the word. And the number of words in the thing you’ve written determines whether it counts as a short story, a novella, a novel, as War and Peace, or as an encyclopedia.
Every year, I participate in National Novel-Writing Month. Unless, you know, I don’t feel like it. But I’ve participated more years than not, and I’ve produced a surprising number of novels. Every single one of them terrible, but that’s not NaNoWriMo’s fault. The goal in NaNoWriMo is to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days. And I got to thinking: how many novels that length are
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