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    What should be my word count when writing an essay online

    What should be my word count when writing an essay online

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    Re: What should be my word count when writing an essay online

    Unless there's a word limit, you should use enough words to make your point. It would also depend on the type of site your were posting it to.

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    Re: What should be my word count when writing an essay online

    Ask the person who is going to read it.

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    Re: What should be my word count when writing an essay online

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Unless there's a word limit, you should use enough words to make your point.
    I'd add ​and no more.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: What should be my word count when writing an essay online

    I read blog posts and lengthy reports on the internet- the word counts can range from a few hundred to several thousand. I certainly don't see any magic number or even range,
    Last edited by Tdol; 26-Apr-2017 at 15:31. Reason: typo

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    #6

    Re: What should be my word count when writing an essay online

    It completely depends on who is going to be reading it, and why you are writing it! Exactly like PhilAdams says ^

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    #7

    Re: What should be my word count when writing an essay online

    It depends on the purpose of the essay. Are you writing for a class? In that case, you need to ask your teacher. Are you writing for a publication? Then you need to follow their guidelines. If you are just free writing to express your opinion on a specific subject, you can use as many words as you like. But remember a lot people don't like to read a super lengthy article online. It strains their eyes. Make your point in a concise manner.

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    Re: What should be my word count when writing an essay online

    However, it s worth bearing in mind that some news sites are posting Long Reads for those that do like a bit of a meaty read. A blanket word length will end up not satisfying many.

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