How Long Should Your Book Be?

3 responses to “How Long Should Your Book Be?”

  1. lividemerald2013 avatar

    I prefer to read long books. For example, Papillon by Henri Charrière (in the original French) was perfect in terms of length. I found Les Misérables by Victor Hugo to be way too long (1,486 pages in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade edition). As for my own writing, I tend to avoid padding my text with an overabundance of metaphors, similes, and unnecessarily long descriptions of character and settings.

    1. Well-Tempered Proof avatar

      Wow, yeah, some of the classics are enormous! It sounds like you’re making smart choices with what to include or omit with your writing.

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