July 8, 2014 6 Comments
Your stories don’t have to be long to be powerful. They don’t have to rival War and Peace to convey messages just as weighty. There’s no yard stick by which stories are judged. You don’t have to be ‘this tall’ to ride.
The message is what matters. (Sorry. I’ve been on a kick about that lately.) If it takes 100 words to convey the message, then that’s how long your story should be. If it takes 100K, make some coffee. You’ve got a lot of writing to do.
My point is this: be true to what your story requires, not some abstract notion of what length makes for ‘real fiction’. There’s no such thing.
Oh, and here’s that poem I mentioned. Take 3 minutes to watch it. It’s well worth your time.