A short story is a complete work of art that usually does not exceed 10,000 words. But there are times when a short story begs to expand into a novel. How can we recognize those times? Here are a few tips:
1) If your short story ends up at far more than 10,000 words and your every attempt to pare it down to bare essentials has failed, then you may be dealing with a novel.
2) If your story covers too long of a time period, your story may really be a novel in disguse.
3) If your story needs several characters to tell it, it may be telling you that it wants to be a novel.
4) If your story includes more than one theme, you should most likely expand it to a novel.
5) If you don’t want to stop working on your short story, you may be happier writing it as a novel.
While essential fictional principles remain the same, writing a novel is different from writing a short story. Let the story tell you what it wants to be. Then follow its leading.
Photo Source: Microsoft Clipart