What is your preferred chapter length, word-wise?

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Poll ended at Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:24 pm

1-1,000
0
No votes
1-1,000
0
No votes
1,001-5,000
3
8%
1,001-5,000
3
8%
5,001-10,000
10
28%
5,001-10,000
10
28%
10,001-20,000
3
8%
10,001-20,000
3
8%
20,001-40,000
1
3%
20,001-40,000
1
3%
40,001+
0
No votes
40,001+
0
No votes
I don't have a preference.
1
3%
I don't have a preference.
1
3%
No! You can't make me!
0
No votes
No! You can't make me!
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 36

Re: What is your preferred chapter length, word-wise?

Postby Wyrd » Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:58 am

I'm not certain how the thread moved from number of words to number of bytes. I want 5,000 words as a near minimum chapter length, regardless of how many kb the file takes up.
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Re: What is your preferred chapter length, word-wise?

Postby PCHeintz72 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:08 pm

Wyrd wrote:I'm not certain how the thread moved from number of words to number of bytes. I want 5,000 words as a near minimum chapter length, regardless of how many kb the file takes up.

I keep track by size of file, and do not care on number of words... some others seem to as well.

Note my prior posts gave sizes both by bytes and words... with the exception of Non AA site based HTML, which cannot easily be averaged.

I gave all that as a interesting real world baseline of what is actually out there, which should be what most find acceptable.

Average English word size means the average word is 5 characters plus 1 space, so take size of any text file and divide by 6 for a very rough approximation of word count (assuming you do not simply have it in a program that does word count). That fails when talking HTML.

Since you state 5000 words as your preference, and the estimated average is not much below that for TXT for individual files, most writeers (at least ones I read) would seem to agree with you.
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Re: What is your preferred chapter length, word-wise?

Postby Cheb » Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:01 pm

I'm not certain how the thread moved from number of words to number of bytes.

I always use Kbytes because word length (and thus length in Kwords) in Russian and English is different, but the length of a properly translated text in characters is almost always identic.
Also, I store my chapters in plain-text, so the file size always equals the chapter size (or exactly double that for an Russian text in utf-8)
The need to use Kwords annoys me, :x but luckily there's always a calculator at hand.

Also, 25-30Kb (4.5K words) is a reasonable amount to write in one weekend, or to translate without getting bored/distracted.
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