How do we choose the length of your story?
Now that I’ve build up a decent amount of stories I want to to write I think it’s time to dive right in and start writing again but at what length will I leave them at?
I have a passion for short stories. They are a fantastic way to get a story out of you that you are longing to tell. Done right, and it is a great piece of entertainment. Done wrong, and you feel robbed of a good ending. It’s the “Done right” that makes me want to get short stories down in words and with some fantastic publications publishing short stories in all corners of the world that not only give you publishing credits but exposure too it’s a great reason to write… maybe even get a little cash in your back pocket.
Now, how to choose if what I’m writing will stay a short or grow beyond the normal maximum 7,500 word count?
How I decide my word count is by coming up with a premise, writing the introduction and letting it flow from there. There are times when the story demands more words. Less than 10,000 simply isn’t enough to tell the story I want to tell. I’ve written two novel length stories (still to be finished ;o) …) and while writing these it just felt like each character had more to say, that finishing it too soon wouldn’t do the story justice. There have been novels I’ve read that feel a little drawn out, that should probably have stayed around the novella length but the beauty of online publishing it seems that smaller formats are more prevalent in the marketplace.
So, I decide the length on feel of the story. Letting it speak for itself.
Let me know how you choose the length of your story?