How long is a rope? How much does a rock weigh? How long is a novel?
These questions are endless and equally impossible to answer. However, I must ask that last one.
I’ve read/heard/gotten it into my head that debut novels and YA novels tend to hover around the 100-110K word mark (if I’m wrong, please do correct me), which leaves me frowning at the figure at the bottom of my Word doc: 150K.
Is this too long for YA fantasy fiction? If I’m to pull out creative agency and the organic nature of the novel, it does kind of need that scope to play out fully. And yes, yes, I know, if it’s good enough length won’t be a problem.
But I’m asking outside all of these quasi-delusional, what-ifs, maybes, and generally wishful thinking parameters: how long is”too long”?
Appreciate any input!