Friday Websites for Writers

This is a site I found particularly useful in the early stages of my writing when I wanted to get a physical feel for word counts. I wanted to know what 85,000 words looked and felt like. I wanted to know how many words were in specific titles like Tamar by Mal Peet. You can find out here at Renaissance Learning (an on-line store) by doing a search on author or title. Included in the information returned is the word count.

It’s not an Australian site so you won’t find any titles only available locally. None of my titles were there so I can’t do a spot check on the accuracy of the words counts. But just considering titles comparatively, they seem to be in the ball park.

Every now and then I still call in to check the word count on a book I’ve just read.

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3 responses to “Friday Websites for Writers”

  1. Oliver says:

    Hi Sandy
    Wow, a word count would come in handy, especially for people who are unsure of how long a story would be for a specific age-range.
    Looking forward to Samurai Kids 5- Jaguar Warrior, I love those kids 🙂

  2. Karen Collum says:

    Fantastic to know about this site. I struggle with knowing what my word count will ‘feel’ like too. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. I’m not sure how accurate it is but comparatively it seemed reasonable. And especially in the early days of my writing, I was always asking myself : how many words am I holding in my hand now?

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