I have to apologize for not posting anything in such a long time. It’s been a combination of a hectic schedule and not having much to say to you all. But I’m back, with a new posting schedule to get back into the groove of things.
Anyway, what I want to talk you to all about, or more specifically what I want to ask, is what qualifies a short story? In my previous writing class, I worked on what I felt was a short story (30 pages of pure fantasy goodness~), allowing my other works to rest just a little longer. When the time came to critique my story, I was both extremely nervous and excited to hear what my classmates had to say. But my biggest worry, above all else, was if my story felt like a short story.
During the critique, the main answer to my question/worry was that it felt like part of a longer piece, a novel. And I guess that had something to do with the fact that I don’t really read short stories, and have never tried writing one before. But then again, I’ve also never finished any of my novels either.
So, one person said that my piece didn’t have an overall growth or change in plot or character arc, and nothing is resolved at the end. Another person said that it’s trying to juggle too many characters or conflicts for a short story, and it would be almost impossible to resolve them at the end of 30 pages. Either way, it’s not a short story.
And I kind of expected to hear that.
Now I’m torn between editing what I have to make it more of a short story and continuing further to make it a novel. Honestly, I don’t know which direction I should go in.
What do you all think about this?
What makes a story a ‘short story’ and not a novel? Is it strictly length? Amount of characters or plots? Or something else entirely?
Let me know~
And Have a Happy New Year Everyone!!!