How long should your novel be?

Meredith Bond
2 min readMay 19, 2024

I struggle with this.

I naturally write short. I’m concise, what can I say? I can somehow create well-rounded, in-depth characters in very few words. I can show just enough of a room so that it can be imagined by the reader. It doesn’t take me long at all to show the action that needs to be shown.

I once followed the “rule”: Leave out the parts readers don’t read. Goodness only knows…

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Meredith Bond

Award winning author, Meredith Bond's books straddle that beautiful line between historical romance and fantasy. Merry is also a writing coach and formatter.