200 characters would be 32.8 chunks of 6.1 characters, including the trailing space (which the last word does not require), or 32 chunks of 6.1 characters and one of 4.8 characters. So, on average, 200 (8-bit ASCII) characters contain 32 whole current English words. This means that you can express any given idea using about 20 minutes of speech at a rate of about 60 words per minute.
This number is fairly close to the actual number of words used in a typical book. The longest book in the world is believed to be The Epic of Gilgamesh which is estimated to be between 50,000 and 75,000 words long. Most books are less than 10,000 words long though, so this estimate should be good enough for most purposes. A word can be thought of as one unit of information, so this implies that you could communicate an entire book in 200 words or less!
There are about 5 million words in English, so this comes out to about 0.1% of all possible words. This is not very much, but it's better than some languages where it's true that only 1 out of every 100 words exists. For example, Icelandic has about 29,000 words, which works out to about 0.05%.
In conclusion, it is possible to write a book in under 200 words but this is extremely rare.
1800 characters with spaces or 1500 characters without spaces equal 250 to 300 words in an English manuscript. Words can be split into sentences, paragraphs and sections.
This number includes the space between words and before and after paragraphs. Some words such as “the” and “and” do not take up space so they can be placed closer together. Other words like “so” and “but” take up space and should be separated from each other. This is called "word spacing" and it makes a difference when typing manuscripts up on a computer screen instead of writing them by hand.
The average word count in a book is about 150 words. Longer books usually involve more than one section and shorter ones typically have only one section.
A novel is a story that usually has multiple sections, such as chapters, scenes or arcs. Each section of the novel contains details that help the reader understand what is going on in the scene or arc itself as well as in relation to the surrounding scenes or arcs. These details include descriptions of people, places and things along with explanations for why these elements are important to the story.
With spaces included in the character count, 150 characters equals between 20 and 40 words. If spaces are excluded from the character limit, 150 characters equals between 30 and 50 words. This is a common restriction for email messages.
With spaces included in the character count, 1,000 characters equals between 140 and 250 words. If spaces are not counted as characters, 1,000 characters equals between 170 and 330 words. The length of an average sentence in English is about 25 characters.
The number of characters per word varies depending on how words are defined. Most computers define a word as a sequence of letters, while most printers add whitespace between words unless they are printed in full-page blocks. Using both types of characters increases the total number of characters available for printing or posting online.
In email, only 70 characters can be used for each message because the body of the message must be compressed into a small space. Email clients automatically replace certain characters with their equivalent using Unicode instead (such as uppercase letters replacing lowercase letters), reducing the actual number of characters needed.
Characters that are not displayed on your screen but still take up space in your file include newlines, spaces, and tabs. Newlines are used to separate different parts of a document, while spaces are used to fill out your page width and tabs are used to indent text. Each of these characters takes up one byte of storage space on your computer.
There are several ways to reduce the size of a file without affecting its content.
If you consider 5.1 words as the average word length, 280 characters equals around 55 words. The 5.1 number comes from a study article that used Google Books to examine word lengths. It found that on average, English-language books contain about 5.1 words per sentence.
This means that if you were to write an entire book using only 55 words, it would be very short - around 6500 characters! (Google says that typical books have about 100,000 characters.)
In practice, of course, we can't write books this way. Even with word counts being limited, most novels require more than 55 words per sentence. But it's interesting to note that if you did limit yourself to just those 55 words you could write a pretty short story!