A novel is defined as a manuscript of more than 40,000 words. However, very few novels are as short as that these days. In general, a 50,000-word novel would be considered the minimal word count. The majority of books are between 60,000 and 100,000 words long. Long novels are not a problem for most readers. It's the few who can't handle longer works that have trouble with novels.
In terms of writing a novel is a marathon, not a sprint. You cannot write a good novel in a few months or even years. It takes time to research your topic thoroughly and create a plot that keeps your reader interested without boring them. A novel is a large work that may take several years to finish depending on how much content you want it to have.
Nowadays, there are many shorter novels available. Some are even under 20,000 words! These novels are excellent choices for people who are in a hurry to get their ideas out into the world. They also allow you to explore different genres and subjects while still having a full length story to enjoy.
The shortest novel I've ever read was called Scrapped Little Stories and it only had 16 words in each sentence! It was written by Douglas Adams and published in 1978.
If you're writing your first novel, the common rule of thumb is to keep the word count between 80,000 and 100,000. While anything above 40,000 words can be deemed a book, 50,000 is considered the minimum novel length. Anything more than 110,000 words is considered excessive for a fiction work.
If your goal is to publish a book that will sell many copies, then you need to write a book that will appeal to a wide audience. This means avoiding books that are too esoteric or focused on issues that not everyone will care about. Your book should include topics that will be interesting to at least some portion of the population.
In addition, you should write a book that people will want to read in one sitting. Most books fall into this category: you'll enjoy reading them from start to finish within a few hours or days. Longer books tend to have more complex storylines and/or longer lasting characters. They can be difficult reads if you don't invest enough time in them, so don't choose subjects you aren't interested in.
Finally, you should write a book that will inspire others. This could be you as a writer, or it could be someone who reads your book. Either way, make sure that what you're writing isn't already available online. If it is, consider submitting it to see if any publishers are interested in buying it first before continuing with your own project.
Below 10,000 words it's difficult to tell whether there's enough material for a full-length work.
For subsequent novels, it's common to see titles that are 1/3 or more of a previous book. For example, if you call your third novel "A First Step toward Redemption", we know that it's at least as long as and probably longer than your second novel, which was called "A Second Step".
With multiple books in a series, the total word count can get very high. A trilogy that includes about 200,000 words in total has been published. A series of four novels each around 75,000 words in length would take us well over 400,000 words.
It all depends on how much room you have in your minds eye when you start writing. If you imagine an ending that fits in with the beginning, then your manuscript will fit into one big chunk. If not, then maybe split it into two or more parts to fit it all in.
Writing a book is a huge undertaking.
Anything more than 110,000 words is considered excessive for a fiction novel.
But this isn't exactly true. The ideal length for a novel is actually different for each genre. Fantasy, science fiction, and crime novels typically run between 70,000 and 120,000 words; historical novels can be as long as 200,000 words or more. A novel's length should not be based on arbitrary rules, but rather on what kind of story you are trying to tell. Only you can decide how long a novel should be.
The fact is that there is no correct length for a novel. It all depends on what kind of story you are trying to tell and how much space you have to tell it in. If you want to write a very detailed description of a scene or episode, then you should probably give it more words than someone who wants to tell a more abstract story. As long as you aren't going over 300,000 words, then you're fine.
When you write your own novel, you will know exactly how long it is. But if you plan to publish it, then the editor will usually give you an estimate of how many pages it will be when it's done.