How long should a short story be?

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  1. thecrazzykylex profile image39
    thecrazzykylexposted 7 years ago

    How long should a short story be?

    I am about to write a short story and share it with my Hubpages friends. Any other tips will be highly appreciated.

  2. amb1jer profile image60
    amb1jerposted 7 years ago

    Most published short stories are about 80 to 200 pages long.

    1. thecrazzykylex profile image39
      thecrazzykylexposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      you call a 200 pages long a short story?!

  3. nochance profile image90
    nochanceposted 7 years ago

    A short story is however long you want it to be. Wikipedia says they are generally between 1,000 and 9,000 words based on one definition.

    For hubpages though you might want to consider flash fiction, stories which are typically less than 1,000 words (also according to Wikipedia).

    Lewis Carroll said "Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop." This is what should determine what format it is in, whether it be flash fiction, short story, novella, novel, or series. Short stories can easily turn into novels, and sometimes long stories need to be shorted to flash fiction.

  4. MartieCoetser profile image85
    MartieCoetserposted 7 years ago

    Depend on the publisher. I am in agreement with nochance. The shorter the story, the harder the punch (supposed to be). For HubPages definitely not more than 1500 words - and even this is too long. Nowadays people just don't have the time or motive/inspiration to read long stories or articles. KISS = Keep it short and simple. (But, of course, profound.)

    1. thecrazzykylex profile image39
      thecrazzykylexposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You say you're in agreement?! Oh! Wow! Congratulations, Martie smile Can you share an excerpt on Hubpages? Please...

    2. MartieCoetser profile image85
      MartieCoetserposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      thecrazzykylex - when you go to my profile, you will see links to short stories I've published in here... Enjoy!


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