Tales from the Writing Crypt (read as internal monologue). 1. At 5,000 words: this is a chapter, I must have at least 10,000. 2. At 10,000: I still need to finish all sections, then I will make sure it is 12,000 at most. 3. Almost finished. Wordcount? 14,500. Will they accept this? Where did I put the darned guidelines? Oh, I still haven’t written that section on (put your topic here).