How long, or how short, should and excerpt be?

In entering mine for NaNoWriMo I noticed it was over 500 words long. Generally speaking, how long should a good excerpt be?

Should I treat it as I would the synopsis? In length I mean.

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    hmmm the excerpt i am doing is about 700 words long. When I think of an excerpt, I think of what will draw the reader to want to read more. It's your one chance to give them a sample of your writing to see if it interests them or not. When I think about books when they give you a preview, usually it's a couple pages worth so length may not be an issue. – ggiaquin16 Oct 31 '17 at 14:50
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    Good point. So, maybe mine is too short lol. – shieldedtulip Oct 31 '17 at 15:07
  • Are you asking about the rules of NANOWRIMO particularly? If so, please clarify. If you are talking about excerpts in general, please clarify the purpose of a except for your use case, since there is no inherent length requirement for a except generally. – user16226 Oct 31 '17 at 18:19
  • @MarkBaker no, I mean in general. I don't intend to stop with NaNoWriMo ;) I envision this to be like "target practice", but I am curious to find out just how long is a good excerpt supposed to be. – shieldedtulip Oct 31 '17 at 19:56
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    Well, an excerpt can be any length. It depends entirely on the length of the work and the purpose of the excerpt. Unless you can narrow down the use case, I don't think this question is answerable. – user16226 Oct 31 '17 at 19:58