900 Word Essay Example

What if you had to write something that was 1000 words, such as an article or a blog post? How many pages is 1000 words? The answer to that question depends on the medium of those 1000 words. Is it in a word document? Is it on a website? Is it for a college application?

People use Microsoft Word or Google Docs for all sorts of academic and business projects. The word counter in Microsoft Word shows how many words per page there are. The number of pages that 1000 words take up in Word depends on the font type, font size, spacing, margins, and paragraph structure. Here are some rudimentary calculations for 1000 words:

  • Two pages when the font type is Arial, the font size is 12pt, and it has single spacing.

  • Two pages when the font type is Calibri, the font size is 10pt, and it has double spacing.

  • Four pages when the font type is Times New Roman, the font size is 12pt, and it has double spacing. These are the common requirements for both high school and college writing.

Example Calculations of Words per Page

Example 1

Let’s say a high school senior is applying for college. For a college application, they must write a 1000-word essay on a topic. The student uses a word counter to keep track of the number of words and pages. The page count depends on the college’s requirements regarding font size and type, margins, and spacing. In some cases, student's are required to write their college application essays by hand. In that instance, the number of words per page, and the number of pages for the total amount of 1000 words depends on the student’s handwriting. On average, however, a 1000-word essay would take 2–4 pages depending on the spacing guidelines.

Example 2

What if you are typing up a 500-word blog post for a website. How many pages is 500 words? Well, if you type up the post in Microsoft Word or Google Docs beforehand, 500 words will roughly take up between 1–2 pages. On the actual website, it could take up a small section or the entire website page (so make sure you know which one you're going to use). The website's layout matters in this case, and determines the final look of the text. Using a program like Google Docs you can easily track your post's word count using their built in word/character count feature.

Example 3

What if you had to write something that was 1500 words? Again, it depends on the factors already discussed: font type and size, spacing, margins, and paragraph structure. A rough page estimate for 1500 words in a document that uses 14pt Verdana font and 1.5 spacing would be about six and a half pages. If you change the font to Times New Roman, and the font size to 12pt, that 1500-word document is about four pages. So you can see the choice of typeface and size has a significant impact on page count.

Example 4

How about 2000 words? Let’s say a high school student had to write a final paper for one of their classes. How many pages is 2000 words? In this case, the teacher just wants the text to be readable. Therefore, the student uses a typeface such as Verdana or Arial, at a 12pt size, and with double spacing. Using the same formula 2000 words takes up about seven pages.

Exmaple 5

Let’s say a college student needs to write a term paper for their history course. The required word count is 3000 words. The teacher makes the other following requirements:

  • Times New Roman font.

  • 12pt font size.

  • Double spacing.

Using our table the approximate page number is twelve pages. However, if the teacher also requires the same paper to have headings and subheadings, the page count will change. For this example, the main headings will have the Heading 1 format, and the subheadings will have Heading 2 format. Plus, the margins will be 0.5 inches on the right and left. When the student uses those additional settings on a 3000-word document typed in Microsoft Word, the total number of pages is 13.

Example 6

Let’s say an aspiring writer is working on a story. Their goal is 10,000 words. For this example, the writer uses Google Docs. If the writer follows the typical manuscript format – 12pt Calibri font with double spacing – they will have a short story that is approximately 34 pages.

If that writer writes a 50,000-word novel, the total manuscript page count will be about 172 pages. However, that does not take into account the story being broken down into chapters or the use of line breaks. Therefore, the page count for one 50,000-word novel will very likely differ from the page count of another novel with the same word count since the book's layout will have to be taken into account.

Page Count is Subjective

For instance, a 20,000-word article in a magazine may only take up few pages, or it may take up ten pages due to advertisements. It depends on how the magazine is formatted. Another example is a children’s book with lots of pictures. The total word count can be around 500 words. However, those 500 words can take up to 20 pages due to large font size and the inclusion of pictures.

In conclusion, the number of pages for a certain amount of words depends on the font and size, margins, spacing, and paragraph structure. The final format of a piece of writing, whether it’s a printed Word document, a published book, a magazine article, or a page on a website, also matters. Page count is either just a required element of an academic or business assignment, or something to keep track of for personal reasons.

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This seemingly idle question may not be all that simple to answer. One thing is sure, 1,000 words all written without any paragraph spacing will drive your reader a little mad. The first point is clear: 1,000 words is a lot of words. Split it up into paragraphs for heaven’s sake, or expect your intended readers to head for the hills for a chance to rest their weary eyes on some open space.

So given you need to transform your 1,000 words into something easy on the eyes, you know you have to split it into paragraphs. How do you do that?

A Sentence Is an Idea, a Paragraph Is Closely Related Ideas

Whatever you’re discussing, you’ll discover a number of concepts which you presumably planned before you started writing. To make it all hang together nicely, you add a bit of space when you transition from one area of discussion to another. As with any rule, there are exceptions, but broadly speaking, essay writing and academic writing calls for paragraphs in the 100-200 word range.

Bear in mind that academic and essay writing usually means you’re writing for a fairly dedicated reader, but what about the huge chunk of the population who are frightened off by big chunks of text, even if they are only six or seven lines long (depending on font)?

Journalists and Commercial Writers Keep Their Paragraphs Short

“White space” is a wonderful illusion that tells your reader what you have to say is pretty easy to take in. I’ve seen some news articles in which each paragraph is only one sentence long. I feel that’s taking it to extremes, and it can have the opposite effect of making your writing look disjointed. I like to see at least three or four lines to a paragraph, and as an indication, my longest paragraph so far is just 74 words long.

You can assume commercial writing and news reports will have paragraphs approximately half as long as the ones you’d see in academic or essay writing. In this case, we’re looking at ten to twenty paragraphs per 1,000 words instead of five to ten.

Dialogues Have a New Paragraph for Every New Speaker

One context in which a paragraph can be as short as five characters is direct speech involving two or more speakers.

“Oh!”

Count ’em: two characters for the word, and three for the punctuation marks. To begin with, you’d introduce or refer to your speakers, but once the conversation is flowing nicely, you can start skipping them at times.

“No!” exclaimed Mary.

“Yes!” John couldn’t help being amused at Mary’s surprise.

“You don’t really mean it, do you?”

“Of course I mean it, silly!”

It’s a lot less cumbersome to skip a mention of the speaker than to add “said Mary” and “John said” after every direct quote. So theoretically, you can have a paragraph consisting of one word plus punctuation marks. 1,000 words in direct speech would therefore mean you’d write way more than the five or ten paragraphs our initial guideline suggested.

How Many Paragraphs in 1,000 Words?

Here’s a basic summary.

  • Probably not less than 5 paragraphs.
  • For easy reading, probably no less than 10.
  • For direct speech, one for every time you change speaker (however many times that is).

Does It Matter?

Not necessarily, but bear in mind that even teachers who are paid to read students’ writing get tired eyes. The easier it is to read and understand what you have written, the more likely your teacher is to notice those clever details you included. There’s also a distinct possibility they won’t start hating you while they read your work. Yes, they’re supposed to be unbiased, but everyone is human!

When writing in other contexts: an article, a blog, or a book, keeping paragraphs short helps to hold your reader’s attention. Yes, there are famous writers who just wrote without much attention to paragraphs, or even punctuation, but their work isn’t an easy read, and no matter how educated we may be, “easy” is invariably the preferred option.

To take easy reading to the next level, try using sub-headers every paragraph to three paragraphs. This is applicable to blogs and web pages, and to a certain extent, in academic writing. When you hit a web page for info, what do you do? I look at the header, and then I scan the sub-heads to get an idea of the writer’s approach to the subject. If it looks like fluff, I kill the page and move on. But if the sub-headers are interesting, and seem to tell me there’s something worth learning, I’ll read the whole piece.

Whatever You Do, Use Paragraphs

Using paragraphs well (with or without sub-heads) makes your work more accessible to your reader, and, to a certain extent, it shows you’ve ordered your thoughts and are discussing one point at a time. If you can’t organize your work into paragraphs consisting of related thoughts, you may be jumping around too much. Check it out and try again.

How Many Paragraphs is…

The following list is an approximation for those who are writing essays with the standard 100 – 200 words per paragraph and 50 to 100 words for blog or article easy reading. The actual number of paragraphs will depend on numerous factors and this is nothing more than a general rough estimate. Below are estimated words to paragraphs conversions:

  • 250 words is 1 to 3 paragraphs for essays, 3 to 5 paragraphs for easy writing
  • 500 words is 3 to 5 paragraphs for essays, 5 to 10 paragraphs for easy writing
  • 750 words is 4 to 8 paragraphs for essays, 8 to 15 paragraphs for easy writing
  • 1000 words is 5 to 10 paragraphs for essays, 10 to 20 paragraphs for easy writing
  • 1500 words is 8 to 15 paragraphs for essays, 15 to 30 paragraphs for easy writing
  • 2000 words is 10 to 20 paragraphs for essays, 20 to 40 paragraphs for easy writing
  • 2500 words is 13 to 25 paragraphs for essays, 25 to 50 paragraphs for easy writing
  • 3000 words is 15 to 30 paragraphs for essays, 30 to 60 paragraphs for easy writing
  • 4000 words is 20 to 40 paragraphs for essays, 40 to 80 paragraphs for easy writing
  • 5000 words is 25 to 50 paragraphs for essays, 50 to 100 paragraphs for easy writing

Below are estimated paragraphs to words conversions:

  • 1 paragraph is 100 – 200 words for essays, 50 – 100 words for easy writing
  • 2 paragraphs is 200 – 400 words for essays, 100 – 200 words for easy writing
  • 3 paragraphs is 300 – 600 words for essays, 150 – 300 words for easy writing
  • 4 paragraphs is 400 – 800 words for essays, 200 – 400 words for easy writing
  • 5 paragraphs is 500 – 1,000 words for essays, 250 – 500 words for easy writing
  • 6 paragraphs is 600 – 1,200 words for essays, 300 – 600 words for easy writing
  • 7 paragraphs is 700 – 1,400 words for essays, 350 – 700 words for easy writing
  • 8 paragraphs is 800 – 1,600 words for essays, 400 – 800 words for easy writing
  • 9 paragraphs is 900 – 1,800 words for essays, 450 – 900 words for easy writing
  • 10 paragraphs is 1,000 – 2,000 words for essays, 500 – 1,000 words for easy writing
  • 15 paragraphs is 1,500 – 3,000 words for essays, 750 – 1,500 words for easy writing
  • 20 paragraphs is 2,000 – 4,000 words for essays, 1,000 – 2,000 words for easy writing
  • 25 paragraphs is 2,500 – 5,000 words for essays, 1,250 – 2,500 words for easy writing
  • 50 paragraphs is 5,000 – 10,000 words for essays, 2,500 – 5,000 words for easy writing
  • 100 paragraphs is 10,000 – 20,000 words for essays, 5,000 – 10,000 words for easy writing

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