Are You Writing a Novel? Or Should it be a Short Story?

I love this writing advice from Elizabeth Sims in her recent Writer’s Digest article, “Miscalculations & Missteps.”

In both children’s and adult writing contests, I’ve read many short stories that try to become novels, and writing that someone identifies as a novel but it REALLY should be a short story. How to tell if your characters/theme/plot is suitable for which genre?

“Take two unrelated heart-clutching moments, or two unrelated story points, or even two unrelated characters, and challenge yourself to come up with a way to link them.”

Do you have enough complexity to hold a reader’s interest for a novel? This exercise will help you discover the layers or depth you need for a longer work of fiction.

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2 Responses to “Are You Writing a Novel? Or Should it be a Short Story?”

  1. Elizabeth Sims Says:

    I’m so glad my article resonated with you!! Thanks for sharing it with your followers. Best wishes on your writing, always.

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