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Flash, Short Story, Novella, or Novel?

evanjamessheldon
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:20:31 GMT

What influences your choice for length of a story? Is it all about content? Editing? Submission restrictions? Do you find yourself writing one length over and over again?

rebeccahann
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:28:50 GMT

flash! flash! flash! flash!

rebeccahann
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:29:29 GMT

also, short story. But something about the accessibility of flash - the speed and intensity - is just too appealing.

Michael92
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 13:30:22 GMT

I'm new but so far short story is my preference

Dylan
Tue, 28 Nov 2017 01:57:57 GMT

Short story, every day of the week. The idea of writing a novel scares me half to death, but I do sometimes get the itch to extend my short stories, so I think--eventually--I will make it down that road at some point in my writing career.

evanjamessheldon
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:42:44 GMT

I think that some stories demand more space to develop. I've read a handful of stories (and probably written a few too) where the ending doesn't feel "earned." I'm waiting for the idea that is going to take a novel's worth of words to write in that length.

Mary
Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:59:50 GMT

I've never really got the hang of proper short stories unless they're fanfiction and I used to prefer long books definitely but since writing my own novella I've started to enjoy those more

mddecarolis
Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:54:20 GMT

I have a hard time with flash fiction (although I've written a few FF pieces). I like short stories a lot, but I also feel like there's nothing like a properly structured novel.

Daniel B.
Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:14:35 GMT

I agree with you, evanjamessheldon, that a story needs space to develop. I can wrestle with pacing sometimes, and when that happens, it feels like the short story is asking to be made into a novella. Other times, I find the same message can be said in a short story. Mostly, it depends on content and what it takes for the character to come around. Sometimes they don't come around at all.

scollom
Sun, 31 Dec 2017 01:02:23 GMT

I just write what I need to in order to tell the story. My first story was a novel. About 45,000 words. My second story, under a pseudonym, is a novella about 18,000 words. It really all depends on what you need to tell a story. I’m not a fan of feeling like you HAVE to write x number of words, or stay within a specific limit. I believe you tell your story. If it ends up a short story or flash fiction, great! If it ends up a novel, that’s great too! Just tell your story. Don’t worry about how many words it takes.

JonahPaul
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:05:12 GMT

I can't fit the whole story in to short of a word count and it just becomes long. I tend to stick with novels because of it. My style is just more poetic and description based> Not to say I can't write short, I just don't enjoy it as much.

resilient_gal
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:04:06 GMT

I prefer to write in serial format, 800-100 words per episode/chapter and have a collection of short stories, since I'm not the type of person to write 20 pages per chapter.

mleddy
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 03:22:08 GMT

As a college student, we're encouraged to write mostly short stories so I feel like that's what I'm familiar with and ultimately love writing. But ultimately I think it's about choosing what feels right for the topic you're writing about. Some ideas need more space, so putting them in a longer format is a better idea.

SYRENA
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:30:11 GMT

Definitely a novel. Wrote a few short stories, but prefer novels.

kennyflem
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 21:24:23 GMT

I'm about the short story form right now. I'm trying to finish this collection that I'm working on. However, I feel this pressure about "needing" to write a novel and whether I have a novel in me.

Eli
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:45:52 GMT

I think it mostly just depends on the story. I've tried to force some to be short stories, but no matter how hard I try, they come out as novellas at least. While others seems to put up no fight with being shorter. I mostly write novels, I have a hard time stopping at just 20 pages or less, but if the story truly works and wants to be a short story it isn't hard to make it that.