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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Terry D View Post
    The concept behind many short stories would never support a novel length work. You can't just add more characters and plot points to The Tell Tale Heart and make it a novel. Sometimes short stories only work because they are short. Few of the monthly winners of WF's own Literary Maneuvers competition could be sufficiently bulked up to make them novels.
    I bet you could. Take that as the kernel of the story and go to town. It wouldn't be the whole story, but it could certainly be part of a full-length novel.

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I bet you could. Take that as the kernel of the story and go to town. It wouldn't be the whole story, but it could certainly be part of a full-length novel.
    Sure, you could shoehorn a short story into a novel, but the novel itself would have a completely different scope and theme. Something similar actually happened with my first novel. I set out to write a short story, but soon realized that the scope of the story was far greater than what I could manage in a short format. The scene which I originally wrote as the beginning of the short ended up in the novel, but the book is in no way the short story expended. It is something completely different.
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  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Terry D View Post
    Sure, you could shoehorn a short story into a novel, but the novel itself would have a completely different scope and theme. Something similar actually happened with my first novel. I set out to write a short story, but soon realized that the scope of the story was far greater than what I could manage in a short format. The scene which I originally wrote as the beginning of the short ended up in the novel, but the book is in no way the short story expended. It is something completely different.
    Of course it would. It's an inherently different animal. That's why I said you take the short story and blow it out into an epic tale. I'm not sure why you're arguing.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Of course it would. It's an inherently different animal. That's why I said you take the short story and blow it out into an epic tale. I'm not sure why you're arguing.
    Call it arguing if you want, but the fact remains that you are right, short stories and novels are inherently different animals and you can't make a lion into a leopard by simply painting spots on it.
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  5. #15
    As someone raised on dime-store westerns and general pulp, I think my brain instinctively structures plot within a novella-length format. Stories that exceed the scope of short fiction, but don't reach the level of complexity that a novel has. Novels are hard. I'm trying to write one now in an attempt to expand my skillset and it's difficult, because you have to envision multiple storylines and arcs, then figure out how to weave them all together.
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