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    I'm aware it's been a while since this topic was started, but my experience with traditional publishing in Germany is that especially for a debut novel shorter is actually better. Literary agencies and publishers over here work with page count instead of word count, and debut novels in a range of 200-400 pages are usually fine (one page can have a maximum of 1800 characters including spaces, and at the literary acency I work for we usually estimate page count by dividing the character count by 1700 or 1750 - and we definitely cheat if a novel falls on the shorter or longer end of the ideal range, 'coz once a publisher is hooked by the story, they won't reject it solely because it's 10 pages shorter or longer than they hoped for). Can't say for sure that those rules also apply for other countries, but I can't imagine the publishing industry in the US works completely different from the one I know - longer novels cost more to produce, so especially with debut novels, publishers lose less money if a novel doesn't sell if it's a shorter one, so they actually prefer the shorter ones in the case of unknown authors.
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    I haven't really been active lately, because I wasn't able to keep up with the Discord server much for a while (I do still lurk there, though!) and like @AJ HunterI eventually started feeling a bit overwhelmed. Like I should either be active in both or neither. If things get entirely moved to Discord, I might still have periods of lurking silently, but I actually think I'll participate in stuff more. I'll be sad to have this forum go, since I'm old-school and really like forums, but I 100% understand the reasoning behind this.
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    Oddly enough, I'm on Discord a lot and don't use the forums on the website, probably because I have a family member on Discord so the app is open all the time ... and I follow the conversations for Wordsmyth there. Thus, probably more on the Discord side than the website for now. This change would not bother me.
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    Being relatively new having two places to keep up with was very difficult for me. I eventually left the discord because I couldn't keep up with both and felt if I wasn't participating here I would be left out of other things. It wasn't that I didn't want to be on the discord server I just felt overwhelmed. But with only one place that would be a lot less daunting and I'd rejoin. I always like having people to talk to about writing.
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    I like this idea. I use Discord way more often than the forum. And I write in Google docs so that's handy too.
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    My trolls are all gray characters...but that's just their natural skin coloring... 🙂
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    Hello everyone Name's Mehryar, English is my second language so feel free to correct any mistakes I have in a conversation, I would be glad and not offended ^_^ I'm new to all of this and there's this superb template that I'm gonna use because I'm lazy, Pleasure to meet you all ❤️ Name/Penname: [M]ehryar / Rogue Age: 19 State/country: United Kingdom London Education: University Student... fml. Hobbies and Favorites What are your hobbies? Listening to music, going outside to watch and feed cats and dogs, Disappointing myself 24/7, Playing games (League of legends, Destiny 2, Dead by Daylight, Warframe). What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? My favorite book is definitely Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Don't really have a favorite Author yet. What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? Favorite TV show is FRIENDS (I know everything about this show don't challenge me) and I love way too many movies to list here. Writing How long have you been writing? 4-5 months I reckon, on and off ._. What was the first story you wrote that you remember? (Is it finished, and has anyone read it?) well the first real story I wrote was a Fanfiction about Overwatch, and I uploaded it in a Fanfiction site as well and It had around 63 followers and 70 favorites I was so proud of myself that I stopped writing for a year 😐 (I was 16 at the time) and I started writing again recently. Tell us a little about your favorite character to write about. Oh what a question, Lovely. Well I'd say that I love writing sarcastic characters, broken ones that need help but never show it because I admire the strength that it takes to stay strong and help others even though you yourself need help the most. Characters that have a dark past and yet strive to be better, Funny side-characters that are sometimes smarter than the main charaacter and etc. Tell us a little about a fantasy world you've created. Oh I feared you'd ask. Well I'm a bit self-conscious about my writings (Who isn't right?) and I don't yet know what I want the world to be like completely, but I want it to be a world that is full of exotic creatures and gods and gifted mortals, a world with floating mountains with long waterfalls, a very dangerous one at night, when darker creatures might appear. its full of unknowns and it rewards people who wonder off their path, Many universes and planets exist that each are inhabited by different gods who fight off the darkness that has always haunted them. Tell us a little about your current work in progress. How's it going? Ah. Well its the first story I write that is NOT a fanfiction, so I'm writing the world and characters from scratch and its quite intimidating but I'm loving it so far, I've come up with a couple of world ideas and characters' backstories and personality and I'm excited to start writing the story. Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, how has your experience been? I am so confused as to what this word even means, you have no idea. So yeah no I haven't. Worldsmyths How did you find out about Worldsmyths? Discord server search. What made you decide to join? I really want a reason to start writing, life's painful gotta distract myself somehow. What do you hope to gain from Worldsmyths? How to be a better writer and how to express my thoughts through words, and hopefully some new friends.
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    Generally anything over 40k can be called a Novel. In today's world of indie publishing, word count is really only a number. The story is all that really matters. I've read plenty of novels that were in the 40-50k range. I know for me I'd rather read something on that range than something in the 200k range. Roh
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    I don't write morally grey protagonists. I just... I don't feel like literature needs them as much as they need people who are trying to do the right thing, who are trying to protect the vulnerable, who are trying to stand against darkness.