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Author Topic: Story, novel or novella?  (Read 539 times)
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« on: October 16, 2016, 08:52:45 AM »

Just out of curiosity at what point do you guys consider the tipping point for changing the scope of your work of fiction?

I've been fiddling with a story and as I've fleshed it out I realised I had about 13,000 words and I'm only through 1/3 of the story. If any of you have had stories that turned into novels at which point did you say, "oh, no no no, this needs some chapters"? Or maybe you went the opposite way and slashed portions to bring it down to a more manageable length.

I'm curious about process, what others tend to do, I usually end up slashing things myself because I don't have the time to commit to a novel.

Chicken Ghost
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2017, 10:58:53 PM »

I've had three story ideas (and early drafts) which I eventually realized would only work as novels (not necessarily long ones, though).  I think the tipping point was when I started having  multiple scenes of multiple pages each in a bunch of settings which I knew I'd have to return to again.  Not any arbitrary number, just the realization that the complexity was getting out of control. 
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