The Chapter-by-Chapter Word Counter
If you’ve got your novel all in one document, it’s difficult to get chapter-by-chapter word counts, which are a good way of seeing if any of your chapters are much longer or shorter than the others.
Use this tool to get an overview of how your novel divides up.
Paste the text of your novel into the box below. Then, select an option from the popup so the Chapter-by-Chapter Word Counter can tell where your chapters begin. (This does rely on you having consistent, similarly-styled chapter headings!)
(If you don’t see the option you need, let us know, and I’ll see if I can add it.)
Finally, click the Count button to get your chapter-by-chapter word counts.
(The text of your novel isn’t sent to our server, or anywhere else. The counting is all done by a script running in your browser.)
Your story text
Enter your text and click Count...
Some sample results
To round off, here are some results from a handful of literary classics (texts courtesy of Gutenberg.org):
|Title & author||Chapters||Average length||Shortest||Longest|
|War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy||365||1,602||150||4,218|
|Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen||61||2,050||676||5,184|
|This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald||9||9,485||3,110||16,539|
|Dracula by Bram Stoker||27||5,990||3,600||7,994|
|Middlemarch by George Eliot||86||3,750||863||8,280|
|The War of the Worlds by H G Wells||27||2,364||842||5,759|
|Little Women by Louisa May Alcott||47||4,156||1,946||10,439|
|Great Expectations by Charles Dickens||59||3,211||783||5,773|