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Sentry wrote:I've finished my first draft of my PS and it's just over 500 words. I've seen a lot of posts advising people to keep PSs to around 600 words. Would 500 be too short or will it be ok?
You'll be fine. Length =/= quality. If you wrapped your PS in a tidy 500 words that's great. Just make sure you didn't leave anything shorter when you should've developed it a bit more. Personally, I feel that shorter is better than longer if you had to pick one. Adcomms read thousands of these, and as long as you didn't sacrifice anything by keeping it at 500 words, i'm sure the conciseness will work in your favor. It comes down to, if you don't have enough to fill out 600 words, then don't fill out 500 words; don't try and force it.
Also remember, as you go through subsequent drafts and revisions, the length may change.
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