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…