How Long is a Piece of String?

Moderator: Book Club Heads

User avatar
Sky Alton
Cleansweep One
Posts: 522
Joined: Sun Sep 06, 2015 2:53 pm
Location: Gryffindor
Contact:

How Long is a Piece of String?

Postby Sky Alton » Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:30 pm

HolWriMo has just been announced for May (Pssst, go check it out!!) but that got me wondering. How long are your writing projects usually?

Are you a novelist, a novella person, a short story writer or a flash fictioneer? Do you write poetry? If so, what’s your ideal length in terms of lines or stanzas? For non-fiction writers, do you prefer short articles or longer features? Is there a reason for this or do you just keep to what you know?

I started out as a novelist because of NaNoWriMo and it’s still the length I feel comfortable with. My ideas just tend to be novel scale. I probably also prefer it because I have longer to work out where I’m going. Shorter pieces intimidate me because I have to be surer about what I’m doing and have a solid concept before I start. But I do write short fiction. I have to for my university course but I also write it to get out of my comfort zone. I doubt I’ll ever be a master of any of these forms, let alone all of them.

Writing this post put me in mind of one of my favourite Tolkien quotes:
My cuts short or long don’t go wrong

To which I can only say: I wish!
Image
"Does the Walker choose the path or the path the walker?" -Garth Nix
(Av/sig by Amy!)

Katya Snow
No broom
Posts: 47
Joined: Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:49 pm

Re: How Long is a Piece of String?

Postby Katya Snow » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:02 pm

My writing projects tend to be on the edge of 'too long'. the one i'm working on now is already bordering 100K (two Nano's in a row this one) and the one before that was bordering 150K (i never finished it because i refuse to write THAT cliche of an ending!) so my stories tend to be a great deal very much long (haha much English, Good Very) even my Fanfictions tend to be overly long, i have a few that i haven't finished yet that are a good 50K or more but i love to do one shots too. i guess they'd be about novella sized? i'm not too sure to be honest about that. writing anything 'short' seams to be truly beyond me unless i specifically force myself for such things as Hol projects :) those are a lot of fun in a new, challenging sort of way. i'm also hoping to challenge myself to work on a few shorter fanfictions as well. just for something short to work on in between my big projects during writers block and such.
Image


Return to “Quill and Ink”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron