Short #Story vs. The #Novel

The best things come in big packages, right?  What about the small ones?

When it comes to short story versus novel, the perspective on which is better is best decided by the reader.  Each has its strong points and drawbacks.  However, for a writer, the decision may be based on focus, time, and desire.

For those choosing the shorter route, K. M. Pohlkamp has practical tips on writing a great short story.

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The obvious difference between a short story and a novel is well, a short story is shorter. That profound statement did not require a degree in rocket science.

And with a shorter word count, short stories must be easier, right?

There is no hard rule, but as a general frame of reference: a short story is between 1,000 to 20,000 words, but most short stories are between 3,000 and 5,000 words. A novel is anything greater than ~55,000 words.

Having just completed a draft of a short story myself, I’d argue a short story takes less time, but not less skill or thought. Short stories simply require a different approach.

In fact, I think the challenge with short stories is the word count. This provides limited space to intrigue the reader, introduce characters, provide concept of their world, and overcome a dilemma.

How can so much be accomplished in…

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