Not all Literary Fiction is lengthy, but Irish Firebrands is a big book. Different counters may have varying opinions about what constitutes a “word”: Smashwords counts separated punctuation forms (such as dashes and ellipses), coming up with a total manuscript length of 199,230, when my word processor yields only 196,131.
I write chapters that take around 30 to 40 minutes to read. Chapter word counts throughout the book range from just under 5,000 to 6,250. This means that any four chapters of Irish Firebrands, counted together, total well over 20,000 words. That’s as many words as a lot of modern series novelettes contain.
It was fortunate that it’s not hard for me to write profusely, because my immersion in Irish newspapers taught me that Hiberno-English boasts a large vocabulary, and the natives are…
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