Hello, do you like to write short stories or novels? Which do you prefer to read? Perhaps both. Even though the short story has fewer words, it’s not necessarily easier to write. There’s more of a difference between short and long tales than just the length. Consider the following:
Novels have multi-layered story arcs and plotlines to offer and the room to depict true change in their characters. On the other hand, short stories don’t have so much room. Characters might gain awareness though, if not growth.
Novels might explore several ideas; whereas short stories usually focus on one and drive toward a sudden understanding. They’re usually more pointed than novels.
Some short stories may follow the same pattern in terms of structure as a typical novel and some do not. Nowadays, they may skip having an exposition. Also, a reader might notice that many short stories end abruptly.
There are several important differences between short and long stories, and I won’t get into them all here, but one major difference is in character development. Novels give the writer more opportunity to delve deeper into the minds of the characters. Both have their pros and cons. Personally, I like the challenge of both.-Corinne M.