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How Long is 50,000 Words?

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By EelKat Wendy C Allen

The Short, Quick, Direct Answer:

For print books, MOST publishers assume 300 words per page. (Though this can vary from 200 to 475, depending on size of page, type of font, font size, line spacing, margins, ect.) For the standard 4x6 to 6x9 sized paperbacks the general rule is to assume there will be about 300 words per page. 

This gives us 50,000 words divided by 300 words per page to equal 167 pages, or about half the length of the standard paperback novel.

50,000/300=167

But keep in mind, font size changes page count.

A large print book, for example, may have only 175 words per page, due to the extra large font, making a 50,000 word book to a more standard paperback size of 285 pages.

On the other hand, a mini digest sized book, my use smaller font and narrow margins to squeeze 475 words to a page, resulting in a 50,000 word book totaling only a very slim pamphlet size at 105 pages.

If you are publishing to Amazon via Kindle or CreateSpace, Amazon uses 311 words per page to come up with the estimated page count that they display n the books description, so if you self-publish your book on Amazon, your 50,000 word book will be listed as 160 pages long.

Keep in mind that if you publish something that short on Amazon and call it a novel, you'll likely get a lot of negative reviews complaining that it's not a novel and you deceived them with false advertising.

Why?

Well, the shortest novels out there are the little itty bitty slim Romance novels by Harlequin, and those are 280 pages long (Every single one of them. Harlequin REQUIRES the manuscript come to exactly 280 pages, no more, no less.) 280 pages times 311 words is 87,080 words, and that's considered a LIGHT, SLIM, or SHORT novel.

The 400 page door-stopper Historical Romance, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi paperback books are packing 125,000 words or more - some as much as 300,000 words (in 500 page books with very tiny font).

50,000 words is only a novella. However, don't let that stop you from publishing it. There is a lot of demand for novellas and even short books, like novelettes and short stories. The trick here is to list it correctly: if it's a  novella, call it a novella.

As  reader, I personal prefer novellas in the 40k to 60k range. They are short enough to read in a single sitting (2 or 3 hours) but still long enough to big a very detailed story. So for me as a reader, I like that little 50,000 word books are becoming popular. 

Just keep in mind if you write a story 50,000 words long, you'll be hard pressed to find a publisher, as MOST publishers consider anything under 75,000 words to be a novella and will not even look at your manuscript. If your goal is to get published by a trade house publisher, then aim at writing a story at minimum 90,000 words long. If you write anything shorter then 90k, you'll have to self-publish it. If you like the idea of self-publishing, then great, go for it. 

Should you write a 50k story or aim for something longer? Well, that depends on many factors: the story itself, your publishing goals, and reader expectations being the 3 most important. In the end, only you can decide if your story is complete at 50k or needs to be longer.

What would I do? I just write the story until it's done. Some end at 20k. Some end at 90k. Others end everywhere in between. Some are short stories, some are novelettes, some are novellas, some are novels. hen I write I don't worry about word count or page totals, I just let the story go where it needs to and end where it ends.

My shortest published book is only 8 pages long (about 2,500 words) and my longest is 730 pages long (about 230,000 words), several are in the 30 to 40 page range (about 10,000 words) with most of them being in the 190 to 230 page range (65,000 words), so I'm all over the place and don't stick with any one word count goal.

Word Count To Page Count conversion Chart

When figuring word count to page count, I use Amazon's 311 words per page figure. If you go to Amazon's site, on every book they list, you will see where it says "page count" or "actual page count" or "estimated page count". They put this on every book on their site. 

For every book I have listed on Amazon, I divided my actual word count by Amazon's page count and every time got 311 words per page. I asked several other authors and they did the same and in each case confirmed that, Amazon had used 311 words per page for their books as well, when figuring the page counts.

Because the majority of people who enter NaNoWriMo will self-publish their book via Amazon KDP or will publish with a Indie Press that uses Amazon KDP, and because I myself publish via Amazon KDP, I now use Amazon's 311 per page when figuring page counts (rather then using one of the numbers used by a big house publishing house, which the average NaNoWriMo user will never actually publish with.)

So, below is a chart to answer all the other questions that go alongside this one. 

How many pages is 1,000 words?

How many pages is 5,000 words?

How many pages is 10,000 words?

How many pages is 50,000 words?

How many pages is 100,000 words?

etc.

Word Counts vs Page Counts
According to Amazon

1,000/311=3.2

1,000 words = 3 pages

2,000/311=6.4

2,000 words = 6 pages

5,000/311=16

5,000 words = 16 pages

7,500/311=24.1

7,500 words = 24 pages

10,000/311=32.1

10,000 words = 32 pages

12,000/311=38.5

12,000 words = 39 pages

15,000/311=48.2

15,000 words = 48 pages

25,000/311=80.3

25,000 words = 80 pages

40,000/311=128.6

40,000 words = 129 pages

50,000/311=166.6

50,000 words = 167 pages

75,000/311=241.1

75,000 words = 241 pages

90,000/311=289.3

90,000 words = 289 pages

100,000/311=321.5

100,000 words = 322 pages

125,000/311=401.9

125,000 words = 402 pages

150,000/311=482.3

150,000 words = 482 pages

200,000/311=643

200,000 words = 643 pages

And there you have it, the word count vs the page count of books listed on Amazon.

How accurate is it?

For every one of my books, Amazon was accurate to a 100 words more or less, and every author I asked, when they checked had the same result. 

Amazon also figures Harlequin books at 282 pages. I checked (because I own the books) and every one of them was 280 pages. I then went to Harlequin's website and checked their submission guidelines and see they say they ONLY accept manuscripts of 80,000 to 90,000 words, which DOES in fact come to about 300 to 320 words per page for books of 280 pages.

Because of the accuracy rate of Amazon's 311 word per page, to get an estimated page count, is why I use 311 words per page to estimate how many pages my manuscript will be once they get published.

There are many other word count per page figures out there, but when I tested them out against my own books, none of them were accurate. I've seen charts saying to figure 200 words per page and charts saying to figure 450 words per page, but none of them ever came out totally the ACTUAL page counts of my books after publication. In every case, my books have come out to 300 to 320 words per page, and using 311 always brought the most accurate estimated page count of the draft word count vs the finished published product page count.

In other words, if you are publishing someplace OTHER then Amazon KDP, then this 311 words per page chart may not be accurate, because each producer of your book, is going to produce different end results. Keep in mind too, that the 311 number is assuming the reader has NOT changed the factory default settings of their Kindle device. Changing the settings will change the words per page displayed on their end.

What this all means is, that in the end, diving your total word count by 311 words per page, gives you a best guesstimate of how many pages Amazon will say your draft is when they say "estimated page count" on the sales page of your book, which may or may not be the actual final page count.











The Longer Answer:

UPDATE: November 2015: The page you are on now, was written in 2007 and updated every November until 2014 - It was last updated October 31, 2014 and there are no future updates planned for it, as after 10 years of doing it, I have retired from "traditional" NaNoWriMo and am now doing a different writing goal each November.

For the current NaNoWriMo 2015 update see THIS PAGE (which includes the first public release of my Dares Generator and information on how I use it to reach 50,000 words in 3 days instead of 30 days, along with info on how I reached 537,000 words in 2013 and thus changed my writing goals for NaNoWriMo.)











Is 50,000 words REALLY a novel?

I joined NaNoWriMo in 2004, went on to become the first "overachiever" averaging 200,000 words in 30 days, instead of the average 50,000 words. Since 2006, I have been receiving on average 5,000 to 20,000 emails a week from fellow writers every October, November, and December, emails asking me how I did it and if I could advice them on what to do so they can write 200k instead of 50k in 30 days too.

In 2006 I wrote The 13 Step Method to Writing, in answer to their requests. In 2007 that was expanded to website known as "EelKat's Guide To NaNoWriMo", from their the advice column for writers (Ask EelKat) was created. Today there are more than 6,000 articles answering questions writers have, not only about NaNoWriMo but every aspect of writing and publishing in general and thus was born in 2013 EelKat.com the one stop database for every article I've ever written on writing. EelKat's Guide to NaNoWriMo is the series of articles that started it all, and here they are:

You are reading page #42 of EelKat's Guide to NaNoWriMo. If you have just starting reading this, please go back to Page 1 to read this entire 50 page article from it's beginning.


UPDATE: October 31, 2014 -

Due to a major hacking of my online accounts, and the theft and plagiarism of some 1,371 of my how-to articles for writers, I am now removing from public access MOST of my How To Guides for writers. They will return at a future date, but henceforth they will not be available for free. I'm tired of shit-head thieves stealing my work and passing it off as theirs. I'm sorry, to those of you who were not creeps and trolls, I know it's not fair to you, but, the hacking was done by a local person did a lot more damage than you know - the vandalism to my house and cars and the murders of my pets and death threats to my family, are not something I take lightly.

Until we can get to the bottom of this and get this jackass stalker out of my life, I am simply not able to leave my articles online, due to the court case that is now brewing over this. I am also leaving NaNoWriMo, because the local NaNoWriMo ML Kendra Silvermander is the cousin of the man doing the harassment, stalking, vandalism (which included blowing up my house with a grease fryer bomb) and has been not only stealing my how to guides and posting them on the NaNoWriMo forums as her own, but also shows up at local restaurants to threaten me and my family while we are trying to eat. I am utterly disgusted that NaNoWriMo allows a filthy, thieving, vandalizing, scum bag like this to continue to year after year, inciting anti-EelKat riot threads on the NaNoWriMo forum, while continuing to allow her to steal my articles off my web site and post them to NaNoWriMo's website as hers.

This article you are reading now, is one of the few, I have not taken down, it is however drastically shorted. My mega long 20,000 word how to articles are ALL removed now, with only and the ones that remain are stripped of most of the info, with only the barest minimum required to answer the reader question - in many cases the articles are 90% shorter then when they originally appeared, most now under 2,000 words instead of their 20,000 word originals.

The reader question this page answers:

"I started NaNoWriMo this year and I have a strange little question: What is an example of a book that is about 50,000 words long?   I was making some notes this afternoon and came up with about 1300 words (just over the daily quota for people who succeed, right?), and I thought, if I just did that every day I'd reach 50K - but what I wrote does not seem like it would be 1/30th of a novel - it seems super short. 

Maybe I just read really long books, or maybe I am not extrapolating correctly about what seems like a really short piece of writing, to multiply it by 30.  But it got me thinking - has anyone put together any kind of list of books that are basically 50K words long, for reference? I think the classics are 50,000 words, but are modern books?"


Daily quota for NaNoWriMo is 1,667 words per day to reach 50,000 words in a month, but is that a novel? No. Not according to the publishing industry.

Let's look at page counts.

Kindle counts pages of a book at a rate of 311 words per page. That is ONLY 160 pages. A Nancy Drew book is bigger than that. Raise your hand if you consider Nancy Drew to be a NOVEL and not a Children's Middle Grade Chapter Book.

When you go to the bookstore and buy a paperback novel - 300 pages is pretty standard, and at 311 words per page , that means you are look at 93,000 words MINIMUM before a book is classified as an actual novel.

Yes, your right, 50k is super short. 50k is actually a novella not a novel, and if you try to publish it, you will quickly find most publishers consider 50k to be a short story and won't look at it as a novel unless you lengthen it to at least 120k, or submit it with 2 more 50ks with it as a collection of short stories (3 stories total for 150k total word count).

Consider here that Stephen King's SHORT STORY Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption was 49,701 words long. So, yeah, there you are, an example of what a 50k "novel" looks like when published. What NaNoWriMo calls a "novel" when published, was 1 short story bound in a set of 4 short stories.

If you are not planning to publish, or if you are planning to self publish, than it doesn't matter. When I'm writing, I don't worry about word count. I just write until the story is finished. This, however, makes it difficult for me to get many of my stories published, because in order to publish requires you follow publisher guidelines. I am than faced with either having to change my book to make it long enough to be considered a novel, or self publish it as is. I usually opt to self-publish my shorter works rather then rewrite them to match publisher demands.

But, when doing NaNoWiMo, you need to ask yourself, what your personal goals are. Are you just dong the contest and writing 50k for the sake of doing so, with no plans to publish? Or are you running into this thing fully intending to have something worth publishing when you are done?

Then if you plan to publish, how and where you plan t publish also changes your goal. Each publishing house has it's own guidelines. There is one, single, solitary Sci-Fi publisher who lists 40k as a novel (and is the one NaNoWriMo quotes on their website). However, they are alone in that, and the average publishing house very clearly states, often in very large, bolded, all cap letters, that they absolutely will not look at any manuscript under 80k word, with most publishers citing 120k words to be their minimum required word count.

If you plan to publish and you write your novel to 50k words and then do your research AFTER, chances are you'll be stuck with a 50k draft that never gets published, because its often easier to write a whole new story then to try to re-write the 50k into 120k. 

Every March, if you visit he NaNoWriMo forum, you'll find it FLOODED with upset, sad, depressed, or angry posts from writers who are screaming, wailing, and bemoaning the fact that:

"NaNoWriMo you led to me? Why dd you tell me 50k was a novel? I've got dozens of rejection slips here telling me no publishing house accepts 50k. They laugh at 50k. They told me I was stupid for not knowing enough about books, and thinking something as short as 50k was a novel. Why NaNo? Why did you deceive me like this? Why didn't you tell me the truth? Why did you tell me publishers call a novel 120k not 50k?"

It makes me very sad to see so many new young authors jump into NaNoWrMo each November with high hopes of publishing a 50k novel, only to have their dreams shattered a few months later, by the harsh reality of countless rejection slips laughing in their face and telling them a novel is 120k not 50k.

So, BEFORE you start NaNoWrMo, ask yourself what you goal is for those 50k words.

Your goal makes a difference in determining if you should write 50k or aim at more then 50k.

Are you planning to trade publish? If so, do you have a few publishing houses in mind? Have you checked what THEY call a novel, to be certain that what you are writing is ACTUALLY a novel and not a LONG SHORT STORY.

Keeping in mind here that NaNoWriMo has a DEEPLY WARPED sense of reality when it comes to what they consider a novel to be, and that publishing houses consider 50k words a long short story, (many say 50k isn't even long enough to be called a novella - now THAT is something to think about) nothing even close to being a novel.

NaNo's goal is not to get you published, but to help you feel a sense of accomplishment, not to help you get published. If you want to feel you've done something, stop at 50k, if you want to get published by a trade house, do some research, know that a novel is 120k words (more then twice 50k), and that if your novel is shorter than 120k words, you will be hard pressed to find a publisher. Knowing this ahead of time, affects what you decide to write.

I've been publishing since 1978. I have more then 2,000 published works. Most of them very short, but still. I've been around the block a few times and I know the dill, when it comes time to submit a manuscript to a publisher.

One thing most writers on NaNo fail to do, is to read NaNoWriMo's ToS, FAQs, or even know the history of how and why Chris Baty chose 50k as is goal. If yo know the history of NaNo and what it's ORIGINAL goals were, then it makes more sense.

The short of it is: In 1999 Chris Baty decided he wanted to write a novel, but knew from past experience that he lacked the motivation and would require a support team to keep him going. He next decided to give himself a time limit: write the novel from start to finish in 30 days. He next concluded that 30 days was only enough time to write a very short novel so set his goal to write a novel 50,000 words long, concluding that writing 1,667 words a day wouldn't be that hard. He contacted 10 people and asked them to sit in a cafe with him, everyday for 30 days until he had written a 50,000 word novel. Those 10 people decided there was no need for him to write alone and they each set out to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days too.

(UPDATE: 2013- The entire story in detail, with photos, used to be on the NaNo site back in 2007 when I wrote this article, but since Chris Baty retired, they took it down and put up a dramatically different and shorter version of how the goal got started.)

If you had read NaNoWriMo's ToS and FAQs, you would have seen the notation where they explain that 50k IS NOT the length of a FINISHED novel, but rather the average length of most author's FIRST DRAFTS. They come right out and tell you this, but no one reads the ToS, so no one ever stops to think: am I writing a first draft or a finished novel?

(UPDATE: 2013- NaNo has removed this notation from their site. Thepage I had originally linked to in 2007, no longer exists and so my link to it has been removed from this article. EVERYTHING written by founder Chris Baty has been removed from the NaNoWriMo website and the whole site has changed. It is no longer run like a group of friends, but like an organized religion full of strict rules and dogmas -I'm quite dismayed by the vast changes made since our beloved Chris Baty left the group.)

NaNoWriMo states over and over and over again in their ToS that you are writing a FIRST DRAFT; that the goal of the contest IS NOT to write something that is publishable, but rather to give you a kick in the ass to get that unwritten novel idea out of your head and down on paper. People who spend weeks and months primping and plotting and planning for NaNoWriMo got it all wrong. Creating a whole new idea for NaNoriMo IS NOT what NaNoWriMo is about. Read their ToS! The goal is to reach into your brain and pull out that novel you keep telling everybody "Someday I'll write".

In other words, you are SUPPOSED to be spending November, plotting and planning, outlining, sorting, jotting down, figuring out, as you pull the ideas out of your head, not in August, not in September, not in October, but in November. The goal is to have 50,000 words worth of idea, outline, and first draft.

First drafts don't get published. First drafts get expanded into longer second drafts. Second drafts get expanded into longer third drafts. Third drafts get expanded into longer 4th drafts, which tend to finally reach 250k word range. The 4th drafts are the ones that started editing down and out, until they reach a publishable 120k to 150k.

If you are plotting and planning ahead of time, you defeat the purose of NaoWriMo, and you also have no reason to be limited to a measly little 50,000 words either. If you've already plotted, planned, and outlined in August/September/October than you have already finished your first draft and are ready to move on to a second draft, and your goal should therefor be at least 100,000 words at that point.

Can you see now, the folly of thinking 50,000 words is actually a FINISHED novel? Anyone who tells you 50,000 words is a FINISHED novel has got their head stuffed firmly up their ass and don't know squat about the publishing industry. And don't you dare say NaNoWriMo told you 50,000 words was a FINISHED novel, because they didn't, and had you read their ToS you would know that.

Consider this: Knowing how long the "classics" are doesn't mean swat. Sure it's good to know if you plan to jump in a TARDIS and publish your book 200 years ago, but you are dealing with publishing house that are publishing right now, so you need to write the word counts PUBLISHERS TELL YOU TO WRITE if you what those publishers to publish your novel.

If you try to publish a 50k "novel" you'll get laughed at by traditional big house publishers. Why?

Because of this:

Flash Fiction: up to 1,000 words

Short-Short Story: 750 to 7,500 words

Short Story: 7,500 to 15,00 words

Long Short Story: 15,000 to 25,000

Novelette or Children's Chapter Book: 25,000 to 75,000 words (Think: Bunnicula and Nancy Drew)

Novella or Sci-Fi or Young Adult Mystery:  75,000 to 90,000 words  (Think: Harlequin Romance and Star Trek novels)

Novel: 90,000 to 250,000 words (Think: standard paperback, mainstream fiction, mass market romance)

Big Novel: 250K+ (Think: Historical Romance, Epic Fantasy, Lord of the Rings, Terry Brooks and Stephen King)

That is the standard chart you find on most publishing house web sites.

(Note that many small press indie houses, use dramatically shorter words counts, some saying Flash Fiction is up to 5,000 words, others saying a novella is 7,000 to 12,000 words. Again, when planning to publish - read publisher guidelines because each publishing house is different. This chart is the average for the mega giant big house publishers, commonly known as "The Big Five", who many authors aspire to get published by. The Big Five tend to be the fist places every author submits to, often only considering e Indie Presses after being rejected by the Big Five.)

You'll be hard pressed to find a big mass market trade publishing house that will look at a manuscript with fewer than 120k words (industry standard for a novel).

Of course if you are planning to submit to Indie Press or even self-publish, then those numbers well be different because that's the nature of Indie Press and self publishing. Personally, I prefer to publish via Indie Press's because I prefer to write books far shorter than what the industry standard is. Longest story I ever wrote stopped at a mere 75k and was considered by big house publishers to be "a short story" not a novel! (Which I think is kind of funny, considering it was 25k longer than what NaNo says a novel is! LOL!) 

(UPDATE: As of 2014, my books have gotten longer. In 2007 when this article was written, The Ruby Hummingbird at 75k was my longest book. My longest book now is For Fear of Little Men at 237k words in 2010, and most books of my new Quaraun series are 60k to 90k)

Know too, that several of Stephen King's "short stories" published in magazines are in the 25k -75k range. An important thing to consider, when considering publishing your 50k "novel".

I just wanted to warn you of this, because I'm guessing from your question that you are writing with the goal to publish, and that you are writing under the assumption that 50k is considered a publishable novel length by publishers. I've seen a lot of folks here on NaNo get all hyped up over finishing their 50k "novel" getting it edited than be crushed spiritually and emotionally by some crude mouthed editor who tossed the 50k "novel" back in their face telling them that there is no such thing as a novel that is shorter than 120k. (Happens all the time, I see dozens of these nightmare stories posted on the forums here every March or so.) So, if you are writing with the goal to get published by a big house publisher, be sure you remember that you need to write 120k not 50k to get published! If it was up to me, I'd say 50k was plenty long for a novel, but I don't make the rules, of course I also don't read novels, because I like to read stuff I can sit down and read in one sitting.

Anyways, I hope that helps you out.

Bit of background on myself: I've been publishing since 1978, author of multiple books, 200+ short stories, 2,000+ non-fiction articles, a few playscripts, an advice column, I worked as an editor and publisher for several years, and started my own small press indie publishing house a few years back, because I was feed up with publishing houses that demanded everything you write be 120k long.

I don't agree with the "standard word counts" publishing houses put out there. Me personally, I prefer to read shorter works, but fact remains, and I know this from nearly 40 years of experience working with publishers, if you want THEM to publish you, then no amount of telling them "But the classics were all 50k..." is going to change their minds about calling 50k a novel.

If you want to publish your NaNoNovel, you have 2 options:

  1. Write it to the industry standard word count of 90,000 to 120,000
  2. Write any word count fewer than 90,000 and self-publish it yourself.

This is the sad reality of the publishing industry, which many authors, especially those coming from NaNoWriMo fail to realize or even consider.

Far too many new/young writers are getting pumped up on the NaNoWriMo hype of writing 50k words and thinking they have written something even close to being a publishable length.

And publishers are getting so fed up with the annual January to March flood of 50k manuscripts that nearly every publisher out there now (since 2009) has a policy of only accepting unagented submissions between August and September.

And you want to know what REALLY pisses publishers off? When they clearly state in their guidelines NOT to submit anything shorter than 90,000 words and you the author, goes "Phhfft! Guidelines are for sissies and losers, I don't need to read or obey stupid publisher guidelines, I'm going to send them my 50,000 word manuscript anyways, because NaNoWriMo says it's a novel, so there!"

But hey, guess what, publishers are all buddy-buddy with other publishers, so you go right on ahead and send your 50k short story to one publisher and let him pass your name on to all his buddies, because you can bet your bottom dollar he will, he'll warn them all about you and how they should avoid you because you were too arrogant to be bothered with rules and guidelines. And guess what? When you send your manuscript to those other publishers - they are jus going to look at the name on the envelope and toss it in the trash unopened, because they know you already, they were warned, they know not to bother with people who waste their time submitting stuff that doesn't fit their guidelines. I mean, if you didn't read the other publisher's guidelines, why would they expect you to read theirs?

As of right now I nly know of 2 publisher who will look at anything in the 50,000 to 75,000 range: Harlequin and Elora's Cave.Both are romance publishers, so if your 50k story is not romance you are out of luck.

Harlequin looks at them for inclusion in story story collections (which they publish only 3 volumes of 3 stories each, per year - so they only accept nine 50k to 75k SHORT STORIES each year).

Elora's Cave 50k SHORT STORIES and 75k NOVELLAS as eBooks, but they only accept highly sexed erotica that boarder on being porn, so very niched market here.

In short, 50k is classified by THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY as a SHORT STORY (What NaNoWriMo and Kindle self-publishers classify as a novel, is something else entirely.)

If you really want to know how short 50k words is, consider this:

It takes 20mins to type 1667 words.

20mins x 30days is 600mins.

600mins / 60mins = 10hours to reach 50k.

If you sat down and typed non-stop you could finish your entire NaNo"Novel" in just 10 hours. Less than half a day.




EelKat's Guide To Writing

  1. EelKat's Guide To NaNoWriMo
  2. Why Write 50,000 Words In 30 Days?
  3. How Can I Possibly Write A Novel In 30 Days?
  4. Don't Quit!
  5. How Long Does It Take To Hit 1667 Words? And 50k In One Day - Is It Possible?
  6. Write Now - Edit Later
  7. Write It YOUR Way!
  8. What Is Word Padding?
  9. Word Padding & Why You Should Never Do It!
  10. More Ways To Write Fast Without Word Padding . . .
  11. After NaNoWriMo - Writing To Publish
  12. What I Did In 2006 - Reaching 50,000 Using The 13 Step Method To Writing
  13. The Secret To Reaching Word Count Goals Without Using Word Padding - What I Did During National Novel Writing Month 2007
  14. My NaNoWriMo 2008 - On Writing 50k In 3 Days & reaching 200,000
  15. Writing Tip: Have Fun!
  16. But, I Want To Finish A Book I Already Started . . .
  17. Write What YOU Want To Write!
  18. Accepting Your Writing Style
  19. Writing Advice Doesn't Always Work
  20. What Do You Look For In A Book?
  21. Creating Character Profiles
  22. Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
  23. Does What You Read Effect What You Decide To Write? Or What's On My Bookshelf . . .
  24. WHERE Should I Write? Where Do You Feel You Write More?
  25. Create Your Own Writer's Retreat
  26. Narration For Writers
  27. Novel? Novella? Short Story? How Do I Know What Am I Writing?
  28. ABCs Of Writing
  29. How To Become A Writer
  30. Are You A Renegade Writer?
  31. Creating A Fantasy World For your Series
  32. Editing Your Draft Into A Manuscript
  33. Marketing Your Book
  34. Home Office, Town Zoning, And IRS Oh My! The Business Side Of Being An Author
  35. My NaNoWriMo Journey: The Answer The The Oft Asked Question "So What Exactly Did You Write During National Novel Writing Month?"
  36. How Long Is 50,000 Words?
  37. Cliches To Avoid When Writing A Story
  38. 52 Stories in 52 Days
  39. Quantity Over Quality?
  40. How Do You Pick Which Story To Write?
  41. You went to the future, stole my idea, then went 10 years into the past and wrote my book before I thought of it! (A look at Kendra Silvermander & My answer to the craziest email I ever got)
  42. The KBoards Incident (A behind the scenes look at Unscrupulous Cyber Bully tactics used by modern day kindle authors)
  43. Amazon's Adult Filter & How to get rid of it (And look at how Kendra tried to get my books unpublished)
  44. The Return of the kB Articles (They're back!)
  45. NaNoWriMo & Kendra's Big ML Conspiracy (Another year, another conspiracy & I'm doing more then sucking out her brain, this time!)
  46. You Damned Dirty Overachiever! You Wrote 50k In 3 Days And I'm So Pissed At You I Can't Write My Book Now. Now I'll Never Get Published And It's All Your Fault For Writing More Then 50,000 Words In 30 Days! (She's back & Kendra's conspiracies keep on coming!)



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UPDATE: November 2015: The page you are on now, was written in 2007 and updated every November until 2014 - It was last updated October 31, 2014 and there are no future updates planned for it, as after 10 years of doing it, I have retired from "traditional" NaNoWriMo and am now doing a different writing goal each November.

For the current NaNoWriMo 2015 update see THIS PAGE (which includes the first public release of my Dares Generator and information on how I use it to reach 50,000 words in 3 days instead of 30 days, along with info on how I reached 537,000 words in 2013 and thus changed my writing goals for NaNoWriMo.)

UPDATE: October 31, 2014 -

Due to a major hacking of my online accounts, and the theft and plagiarism of some 1,371 of my how-to articles for writers, I am now removing from public access MOST of my How To Guides for writers. They will return at a future date, but henceforth they will not be available for free. I'm tired of shit-head thieves stealing my work and passing it off as theirs. I'm sorry, to those of you who were not creeps and trolls, I know it's not fair to you, but, the hacking was done by a local person did a lot more damage than you know - the vandalism to my house and cars and the murders of my pets and death threats to my family, are not something I take lightly.

Until we can get to the bottom of this and get this jackass stalker out of my life, I am simply not able to leave my articles online, due to the court case that is now brewing over this. I am also leaving NaNoWriMo, because the local NaNoWriMo ML Kendra Silvermander is the cousin of the man doing the harassment, stalking, vandalism (which included blowing up my house with a grease fryer bomb) and has been not only stealing my how to guides and posting them on the NaNoWriMo forums as her own, but also shows up at local restaurants to threaten me and my family while we are trying to eat. I am utterly disgusted that NaNoWriMo allows a filthy, thieving, vandalizing, scum bag like this to continue to year after year, inciting anti-EelKat riot threads on the NaNoWriMo forum, while continuing to allow her to steal my articles off my web site and post them to NaNoWriMo's website as hers.

This article you are reading now, is one of the few, I have not taken down, it is however drastically shorted. My mega long 20,000 word how to articles are ALL removed now, with only and the ones that remain are stripped of most of the info, with only the barest minimum required to answer the reader question - in many cases the articles are 90% shorter then when they originally appeared, most now under 2,000 words instead of their 20,000 word originals.

Complete Index of
EelKat's Guide to NaNoWriMo
(Including The ORIGINAL 13 Steps To Writing Method)

MANY of these pages are changed to private viewing only now, and or have had most or all of the original content removed - see note above for reason why.

  1. EelKat's Guide To NaNoWriMo
  2. Why Write 50,000 Words In 30 Days?
  3. How Can I Possibly Write a Novel in 30 Days?
  4. Don't Quit!
  5. How long does it take to hit 1667 words? and 50k in one day - is it possible?
  6. Write Now - Edit Later
  7. Write it YOUR Way!
  8. What Is Word Padding?
  9. Word Padding & Why You Should Never Do It!
  10. More ways to write fast without word padding . . .
  11. After NaNoWriMo - Writing to Publish
  12. What I Did In 2006 - Reaching 50,000 using The 13 Step Method to Writing
  13. The Secret to Reaching Word Count Goals Without Using Word Padding - What I Did During National Novel Writing Month 2007
  14. NaNoWriMo 2008: 50k in 3 Days!
  15. Writing Tip: Have Fun!
  16. But, I want to finish a book I already started . . .
  17. Does writing a bunch of short stories count for National Novel Writing Month?
  18. Write What YOU Want To Write!
  19. Accepting Your Writing Style
  20. Writing Advice Doesn't Always Work
  21. What do You Look For in a Book?
  22. Creating Character Profiles
  23. Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
  24. What Genre is My Vampire Story?
  25. What Genre is My Mermaid Story?
  26. Does What You Read Effect What You Decide To Write? or What's on My Bookshelf . . .
  27. WHERE Should I write? Where do you feel you write more?
  28. Create Your Own Writer's Retreat
  29. I Want to Keep Writing December and Beyond: JaNoWriMo, FebNoWriMo, SeptNoWriMo, OctNoWriMo . . . ???
  30. Script Frenzy
  31. GothNoWriMo
  32. Narration for Writers
  33. Novel? Novella? Short Story? How Do I Know What Am I Writing?
  34. ABCs of Writing
  35. How to Become a Writer
  36. Are You a Renegade Writer?
  37. Creating a Fantasy World
  38. After NaNoWriMo: Editing your draft into a manuscript
  39. After National Novel Writing Month: Marketing Your Book
  40. After NaNoWriMo: Home Office, Town Zoning, and IRS Oh My! The Business Side of Being an Author
  41. My NaNoWriMo Journey: The answer the the oft asked question "So what exactly did you write during National Novel Writing Month?"
  42. How Long is 50,000 Words?
  43. Cliches To Avoid When Writing a Story
  44. What are the Benefits of NaNoWriMo?
  45. Is NaNoWriMo About Quantity Over Quality?
  46. How Do You Pick Which Story to Write?
  47. You too can NaNoWriMo like a pro







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Throughout 2013 - 2015 a slew of FAKE "EelKat" accounts surfaced, both on social networks and on forums, most were created by a woman calling herself Kendra Silvermander, or her backhoe driving cousin who drove a backhoe over my house, the same woman and her family who cut the heads off my cats, are the same people who hacked my online accounts, created a slew of fake accounts and pretended to be me, after they beat me up on November 14, 2013, leaving me paralyzed for 5 months, relearning to walk for 18 months, and clueless to their impersonation of my online due to my life threatening crippled state that had me offline from November 2013 to March 2016.

Who they are and why they are doing this remains unknown. If you know the identity of these people, please contact the FBI in charge of the investigation into their murder attempts on my life:

Agent Andy Drewer

of the Portland FBI

@ 207-774-9322 

NOTE: I was very active on forums from 1997 to 2007 and have RARELY used a forum since then. Other then the Warriors Forum and Absolute Write I have not posted on ANY forums AT ALL since 2012.

Note: My old inactive forum accounts were hacked and "resurrected" in 2013/2014/2015 by a psychotic NaNoWriMo ML who is upset over my having won a total of 27 writing contests/challenges and published 130+ novels since 2004 and and apparently (according to her emails) she has yet to win or publish anything.

If you see "me" posting on a forum at any point after 2012, know that it is likely this mysterious, and still yet unidentified "Kendra Silvermander".

More information about Kendra Silvermander and what she did can be found here.

Let's think about something here...

I'm just a harmless old lady who likes to dress like and Elf and paint everything pink and write stories about Elves having sex with Unicorns. For THAT, the residents of Old Orchard Beach, call me crazy, build a bomb, blow up my house, stand in my drive way and shoot at me, kidnap my cats, cut my cats' heads off, nail my cats' heads to my door, beat my 28 year old Shetland pony's head in, drive a back hoe over my house 3 times, filled my motorhome with feces 3 feet deep, I was paralyzed for 5 months because they trespassed up in here and beat me up, 3 years later I finally recover and start walking again and they beat me up again this time with a shopping cart rupturing 3 discs in my spine while screaming "kill or be killed remember Saco Shaw's!" and they cut my car in half. I'm sorry, WHO exactly is the crazy person here? 

Yes, I wear pink ball gowns every day.

Yes I wear fake pointy ears and long white Rapunzel wigs.

Yes, I paint my cars, my motorhome, and my mailbox pink.

Yes, I write about Elves having sex with Unicorns.

So the fucking hell what?

I haven't set foot off my land in 40 years. The only time I have contact with people is when THEY trespass on my yard and invade my privacy. And you know what? I've always welcomed them with happy smiles and open arms, made them meals and served them tea, and spent the day happily chatting with any one and every one who wanted to visit me. I love it when you people stop by to visit me as it's the only time I have any one to talk to other then my cats... oh wait... I don't have ANYONE to talk to any more, now that sociopath freaks murdered them and nailed their heads to my door!

You call me crazy because I wear pink dresses, yet THESE THREE PEOPLE are the ones who built a bomb and blew up my house!

You call me crazy because I wear pink dresses, yet THESE THREE PEOPLE are the violent trespassers who stands in my drive way and shoot at me.

You call me crazy because I wear pink dresses, yet THESE THREE PEOPLE are the ones who kidnap my cats, cut my cats' heads off, nail my cats' heads to my door, beat my 28 year old Shetland pony's head in, drive a back hoe over my house 3 times, filled my motorhome with feces 3 feet deep, and cut my car in half.

I mean REALLY stand back and look around.

All I'm doing is wearing strange cloths. I'm not the violent animal abusing, bomb building, psychopath beating up elderly women... THEY are.

There's a hell of a big difference between a half blind elderly woman dressing up as comic book characters and not bothering one damned person, and violent psychopathic criminal creeps beating her up, bombing her house, driving a back hoe over 3 more of her houses, cutting her car in half, filling her motorhome with feces, murdering her horse, and slaughtering her cats!

Old Orchard Beach has a crazy person in it all right, but isn't me... and the residents of this town need to get off their asses and tell the FBI who this white haired man and his blond wife and red haired sister-in-law are BEFORE THEY KILL ME! The red haired woman calls herself Kendra Silvermander.

I don't know who this man and his two women are. They are strangers to me. I don't know their names. And I don't know why they are doing this. Some body in this town must know who these people are ... PLEASE... the FBI is trying to put a stop to these insane hate crimes... PLEASE if you know who these psychopathic monsters are, PLEASE tell Agent Andy Drewer before they kill me. They cut my car in half in 2010. They cut my cats in half in 2015. How long do you think it'll be before they cut ME in half too? PLEASE HELP ME!

➽ ➽ ➽ If you have any information regarding the identity of the stalker/attacker/driver of the 4-door white pick-up truck please contact Officer Tim DeLuca of the Old Orchard Beach Police Department @ 207-934-4911 and/or

Agent Andy Drewer

of the Portland FBI

@ 207-774-9322 

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Please help the police and FBI put this brutal, violent, psychotically deranged stalker family in prison.

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