I am writing a novel right now and have a whole universe set out for it, but I only managed to work out all the kinks of my fictional reality my writing a selection of non-cannon short stories.
When ever I do something creative I layer it so a short store begins as a pre-draft then gets rewritten into a first draft and so on, with my novel I am doing very much the same process except I am writing and splicing many already completed short stories together. Its all the means to a greater end to me.
that's why you plan. but that all depends on what you want to do, if you want to write them at all. i find them way more satisfying to write because i can bust one out and post it and loads of people will read it. no one reads my novels.
Short stories Vs. Novels, novels are harder than short stories because you don't have to think so much about stuff. Like characters, settings, emotions you can just wing the whole story but Novels are way different. Novels, you have to focus on plots, settings, and characters some find this seriously hard.
Idk I think that is why I do like novel. I have a story board laid out y the yime I start and then its just painting the scenery from there to the end. When I ever do decide on a short story I pretty much have one character figured out and only really know how the story will end. I end up limping along hoping the story will be remoytley gripping enough to keep the reader moving along until they get to read my ending.
YTcyberpunkFeatured By OwnerNov 6, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I enjoy writing long stories with chapters ("novels," essentially), but usually hate short stories. On a rare occasion I'll write one and like it. But for the most part, I find it extremely difficult to condense a story idea into ten pages or less. Granted, some "short" stories can be 20 or 30 pages, so that I could get into...but the type they had us write in school, or enter in story contests, I never did well, and am not proud of any of them.
Yeah I am way too critical of my short stories. I think part of it is that it is much easier to recover from weak points in a novel when you know you have more chapters left to go. Short stories loose interest they just crash and burn.
Novels seems to come easier for me. I have trouble writing anything under 1000 words in length.
That being said, I can do both and a short story is easy(relatively speaking) once I have the idea for it. The problem is getting that good idea that can be told in a short enough piece since most that I have are in the 100,000+ word range.
Well I've hardly written any literature at all, just poems, so from my own perspective I can't really comment.
However, I have a Kindle and I noticed that if I listed the different novels by length, then works by the same author were often still largely grouped together. To take obvious two extremes, most of Lovecraft's novels were very short, and Charles Dickens' were really long. I noticed this trend with a lot of the authors on my Kindle. It just seems that many authors have a length of work that comes naturally to them.
I don't have trouble writing short stories. I mean I can write a short story, it's just that I don't write many of them. I work on novels most of the time and I'm more focused on doing that than say writing short stories. I'm sure the amount of time I spent on a novel, I've could have written at least ten short stories to my liking. I use to think they were harder but now they are like a novel but shorter. I don't think on smaller terms most of the time. Rarely do I get an idea that I intend on it being a short story.
both are easy for me and are rarely a struggle. planning sets me free each and every time and doesn't compromise creativity or quality. planning allows me to know where my story is going at all times with the ability to modify it along the way as long as it comes together at the end.
how much time to i put into time lines? i don't, what do you mean by time line?
i have what i call a "waiting room" of characters to draw from. making characters is also easy and rarely a struggle for me as well. i ran a workshop on this a few months ago.
/i've been writing for 30-odd years, bear with my priceless thoughts for a moment
if a genre is hard to write, you can learn how to write it so it is easier as you practice. if a genre is still too hard after your continuing education and practice, ask yourself why you want to write that genre and if it's worth the hassle. i'm currently diving into some in-depth studies about classic methods and formulas for writing hard-boiled detective stories but with a 21st century update. i don't write for genres that don't interest me.
i couldn't tell you why you're having difficulty. practice more. short stories can be either vignettes (one-shot scenes) or full stories with complete arc. they can be more difficult when you are limited by word count but again, practice. patience. and more practice.
I guess I can see why you'd think the ability to write one should translate easily to the other. Either way, it's storytelling in the written word, right? But that's assuming that there aren't substantial difference in length and scope, which there are.
I've gone between both, but my heart and my brain are stuck on novels. Short stories are tougher to develop because I tend towards expansion, and usually the problems that arise can't be resolved quickly or succinctly. Short stories tend to develop from simple problems without too many complications. As such, they never require the same level of development or contextualization. What development/contextualization there is has to be very very succinct, but the story of course has to match that. Maybe the better way to explain this is that a novel or a short story for me depends on how long time it takes to arrive at the problem or conflict. If I can locate it quickly and solve it w/little time/effort, then it's a short story. If it takes a while to locate and lots of time to solve, then it's a novel.
Over time, I've found it easier and easier to come up with a plot that will fit into my desired length. I mean, I've had times when the story I wanted to tell wasn't gonna be a 500 word baby, but my comfort zone is somewhere between 1000-5000 words.
I'm the same way. I think the main reason is that with novels, you have those 50,000+ words to extend your story and convey it; time to build your characters and the plot. With short stories, it's the same idea of a novel, but you've got to get it in much quicker. It's like writing a novel but cutting all the meat out and getting right to the point, yet, at the same time, leaving enough to engage the reader and make it a complete story. I think that's where my issue comes in. I just like to write, write, write and can't sum things up quickly