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17,148 words – a not-so-short story


The time is now 6:14 p.m. on Wednesday night and I’ve just finished the first draft of my short story….and it’s no longer considered a short story. In fact, I passed the short story mark around 2,000+ words ago.
You see, at 15,000 words your once “short story” is now considered a novella. Either you were going for a novella, or you were trying to write a short story all along, but ended up not being able to make it “short” and it ended up being “long”.

My brother and I had this deal that we would be able to have our next stories done and sent out to each other by the end of the month. Well, my story is done, but I’m not sure about the “sending out” bit. What I’ve just completed is draft one (see title for word count), and I’m going to need many more drafts before I’m ready for people to see this.

So, all in all, the good thing is I finished. When writing, it’s always a good thing. In fact, there are no bad things. I will say that there are a lot of things that require patience and persistence.

Whew. Okay, on to editing.

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