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Old 04-10-2012, 12:03 PM
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What the title says, why are al mt srories short? So what gives? I come up with a story and it's short. I feel like I'm missing alot of detail , like it needs more, and I'm not getting my point across very well. I also think I keep telling instead of showing. Which is another reason why it's so short. I think I need to read more books.Anyone have any advice?

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Old 04-10-2012, 03:59 PM
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Maybe your stories are short because you write short stories .

Advice: Sounds like your specialty is short stories, so...try and master the art of telling short stories. There's a ton of resources out there on writing short stories.
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("...ah but how many times have you written those stories..." asked the goblin somehow guessing that each time one wrote something one edited it into something more to one's liking, adding "...and besides, Ravenius has pointed it out that if one is self publishing what does length matter, for the reader will read that which interests them regardless of length now...")
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Here is a good article about developing a short story into a novel.
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I suffer the same fate. For the life of me I couldn't write a story longer than 5 pages.
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Worse than writing a short story? *scratches head*



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Worse than writing a short story? *scratches head*



Hey! Short stories are cool!
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Short stories aren't all that bad; though if you are trying for a novel, i suppose it would look that way.

It also depends how short these short stories are. A five page short story is like a premise for a novel. You might be able to turn it into a novel, but you are going to need a lot more ideas if the novel is going to have any meat on its bones.

The best way to extend a short story into a long story in my opinion, is thinking of a story plot that could essentially extend indefinitely. And as you run down that plot path, throw wrenches along the path, wrenches, badgers, swords, nettles, and all sorts of nasty stuff. Not literally of course, but what i am trying to say is, throw in sub plots. Sub plots are what make novels have their length, its not just one plot line you read in a novel, but many, most of which connect to the main one in some way.

Add details. Novels like to explain things, a lot of things. See that tree over there, is it special in anyway, tell me why? Is it not special, is it like every other tree you see around you, tell me so. What is your character(s) thinking, always tell us what they are thinking, thats a really good way to add thickness. If we are getting descriptions of the visual aspects of the realm, as well as plot/sub plots, character interaction, and characters thoughts on any of those previously mentioned things, you can make a short story much longer than it once was.


Though, i have yet to write a novel, so what do i know, lol.



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I also only tend to write short stories, but don't feel bad! Short stories are usually much more creative than long stories and novels, and I often find myself not reading novels I really like because they are too long, and I forget about them for a few days, or even months xD

For a change, you could also write SHORTER STORIES! Stories that have three or four lines (Microsoft Word-wise), thus less than 100 words (I think), take more skill to write than stories that are four paragraphs long.
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For a change, you could also write SHORTER STORIES! Stories that have three or four lines (Microsoft Word-wise), thus less than 100 words (I think), take more skill to write than stories that are four paragraphs long.
I used to write 100-word stories as an exercise to force myself to play with language, tell more with less, economy of words, etc.

Micro fiction is an art all its own, I found. And sometimes incredibly difficult to make work.

I have a book on my shelf, and for the life of me I can't recall its name or the name of its author right now but it's a collection of micro fiction pieces and he actually does a fantastic job of it.

I'm at work right now (yay, night shift), but when I get home if I think of it I'll get the name... it's absolutely worth a look.
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I used to write 100-word stories as an exercise to force myself to play with language, tell more with less, economy of words, etc.

Micro fiction is an art all its own, I found. And sometimes incredibly difficult to make work.

I have a book on my shelf, and for the life of me I can't recall its name or the name of its author right now but it's a collection of micro fiction pieces and he actually does a fantastic job of it.

I'm at work right now (yay, night shift), but when I get home if I think of it I'll get the name... it's absolutely worth a look.
Hello again,

The book I mentioned, depending on whether you choose to trust the face or the spine, is titled either "420" or "420 Characters" and written by Lou Beach.
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Originally Posted by dswood View Post
I used to write 100-word stories as an exercise to force myself to play with language, tell more with less, economy of words, etc.

Micro fiction is an art all its own, I found. And sometimes incredibly difficult to make work.

I have a book on my shelf, and for the life of me I can't recall its name or the name of its author right now but it's a collection of micro fiction pieces and he actually does a fantastic job of it.

I'm at work right now (yay, night shift), but when I get home if I think of it I'll get the name... it's absolutely worth a look.

There are a number of Flash Fiction collections both anthologies and a few individual authors. There is a fun site of FF here: http://www.flashfictiononline.com/

Bruce Holland Rogers also writes quite a few FF stories: http://www.flashfictiononline.com/au...nd_rogers.html

Also NPR is/does a 3 minute fiction contest (which I've entered this round):
http://www.npr.org/series/105660765/...minute-fiction

Sorry for the slightly off topic post, but FF is a particular interest of mine as well.
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I write stories at a variety of lengths from 75 words upto 100K+. Each length has its postives and negatives.
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