Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Short stories

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.


  1. I like both - although I've only written short.

    I want to write a novel but there are times I skip pages and scenes because they are uninteresting to me. Or too much happens in a short amount of time. It gets to be too much.

    The nice thing about shorts is that they are a moment in time and then it's over. You get a glimpse of someone and then you move onto the next one.

  2. I like reading and writing both short stories and novels. It seems there is a time for each. Reading short stories is nice when I don't have alot of time to focus on something longer.

  3. I'm a wordy person and it comes across in my writing. When I edit, I have to delete to improving pacing. If I attempted a short, I'd be afraid of rushing the romance and forcing the plot. Or at least, having the readers feel that's what I'd done. Still, I would like to attempt a short. There's a secondary character in my upcoming release, OUT OF THE DARKNESS, who'd make an interesting heroine for a short story.