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Old 05-08-2006, 12:21 PM   #1
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Ok I'm confused. How long are short stories? I see stories on here that are a page long and you call them "short stories" when that's more what I refer to as a "sketch" When I write "short stories", they average at least 10 pages rough. So what are your opinions on length?
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Old 05-08-2006, 03:05 PM   #2
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10 pages is good none of us really write stories though, or at least not the ones i've read, they're more ideas, or beginnings...for a whole short story it could twenty pages, i'm not sure, see with me a novel is a long story...no idea, c wat other people think
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Old 05-08-2006, 03:31 PM   #3
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People go more on word count than anything else. Or just plain longevity--if you can read it in "one sitting" then that helps too. However, I would say 20,000 words to be going into novella territory--doesn't really matter how long your story is though.

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If you're wondering about posting, than something less than 10/15 pages would go here, anything longer [or the plans of an idea in the works] in "long term"

Just for length though, I think there's a word-count guide. Like:
< 250 words = microfiction.
250- 2000 = vigginette [or sketch]
2000 - 15,000 = short story
15,000 - 40,000 = novella
40K + is a novel
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Old 05-08-2006, 03:55 PM   #5
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ok thanks for the info
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Old 05-08-2006, 11:02 PM   #6
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I think a short story is defined as anything you can read in one sitting. According to people I know, a short story is usually thought of as a story with ONE theme and ONE major conflict. However, definitions vary.
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Old 05-18-2006, 07:03 PM   #7
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Yeah reading a story in one sitting for me can be 350 pages long. I have waaaaaay too much freetime.
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