Are you planning on writing a brand new chapter for your novel, but you’re not sure how many pages you are going to need to write? Or, perhaps, you are reading through an essay or letter, and you are wondering how many words have been written.
In this guide, we will help you work out how many pages would be written if you were to write 1,500 words. So, let’s get started.
Factors That Affect The Amount Of Pages Used For 1,500 Words
Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to the titular question of this article. There are several factors that will affect the amount of pages used when a person types out 1,500 words, and these factors will vastly change the number of pages used.
The most obvious factor to take into consideration is the font size. If a person was to write 1,500 words using a size 20 font, they would end up filling a lot more pages than if they were to use a size 8 font.
Additionally, the formatting of the font will also impact the length of the body of text; bold and italic text will take up more space than normal text.
Another thing to consider is the use of headings and subheadings. Even if your main body of text is small, the headings will likely be in a larger size, which will take up further space.
Even if your headings are the same size as the main text, the use of white space will push the text down, requiring you to utilize extra page space and add more pages.
This takes us to the next factor to consider, which will be the use of paragraphs. A body of text involving 1,500 words with no paragraphs will take up less space than 1,500 words split up into, say, five paragraphs.
This is due to the white space used, which will also be affected by spacing, margins, and gutters.
Finally, if you were to write 1,500 words that were all three or four letters long, the text itself would be fairly short (e.g., ‘the cat and the dog had fun at home’).
If you were to write 1,500 words that were all seven or eight letters long, the text would be a lot longer (e.g., ‘surprisingly, the nervous warthog walked directly alongside the hippopotamus’).
Although both sentences contain the same amount of words, the second sentence contains more letters, and is, therefore, a lot longer, taking up way more space.
Ultimately, it can be pretty difficult to work out exactly how many pages 1,500 words would take up. The font size, formatting, use of paragraphs and headings, and the length of each individual word would all need to be taken into account when working it out.
What Is A Professional Writing Format?
Most people will be aware that, when it comes to professional writing, most writers will use a similar format. Even if you have never noticed this before, take a look at any letter that you have received recently, or even an email.
It is unlikely that you will have ever received a letter or email with an extremely large font, or using a bold or italic formatting for the entire page.
As a rule, a professional writing format would include one of the following fonts:
- Times New Roman
- Courier New
The typical size to use in a professional letter, email, or body of writing, would be between 10 or 12, with 11 being the most commonly used font size. Any font size larger or smaller than 10-12 would make it inconvenient and difficult for the reader to view.
Titles are typically sized at 20, while headings and subheadings may be set between 14 and 16. Titles, headings, subheadings may be underlined, or bold, but this is not always the case.
How Many Pages Is 1,500 Words Using A Professional Writing Format?
As we said earlier, it is very difficult to determine exactly how many pages would be used if a person wrote 1,500 words without knowing the format used, or how many paragraphs, headings, etc., have also been included.
Even if we knew that the writer was using a professional writing format, it would still be near impossible to determine exactly how many pages would be written. However, we can give you a rough estimate.
If you were to write a body of text entirely using the Arial font at size 11, using short words, and you weren’t using titles, headings, subheadings, or paragraphs, 1,500 words would take up around a page and a half.
If you were to split the body of text into paragraphs of three to four lines each – using the same font formatting as earlier – that would make up around three pages (without a title, headings, or subheadings).
By adding three or four subheadings at font 14, and a title at size 20, you would be pushing the words out even further, requiring roughly three and a half pages.
Therefore, if you were planning on writing a 1,500-word essay, using the proper formatting, you would be looking at writing between three and four pages, at the very least.
It can be difficult to work out exactly how many pages would be required while writing 1,500 words. This is due to the use of different fonts, font sizes, paragraphs, titles, headings, and margins creating more/less white space, pushing the words further down each page.
However, if you were to use the Arial font at size 11, and you used appropriate titles, headings, and paragraphs, you would probably end up writing around three or four pages altogether.
If you were to use a larger sized font, you will definitely end up writing more than four pages; especially if you use paragraphs and titles too.
We hope you found this guide helpful.