In the writers guidelines distributed by publishers they often request a specific word count for the work you send in to them. If you’re submitting a book the difference between the minimum and maximum maybe 20,000 words and allow a little leeway. However in the case of an article or short story it may be down to only 50 words requiring not only a more exact writing but also exact counting.
Thankfully most word processing software has an option for this kind of counting. Gone are the days of manually counting each word.
To use the Microsoft Word word count option:
- Highlight the words to be counted.
- Click on the TOOLS drop-down menu at the top of your window.
- Select ‘Word count’. In the window that appears you will find a list of statistics about the piece of work you are currently working on, this includes an exact length.