You’ve written a short story, and you’re wondering whether it has the potential to grow into a novel. If you feel this way, you’re probably right. I’ve been coaching a writer who felt this, but wasn’t sure how to do it.
It was simple.
Here’s how we did it: we added more characters, and turned the short story into backstory for the novel. It took just a couple of weeks to develop the characters, and to outline the plot. The writer’s happily working on her novel now. All she needed was a fresh perspective.
I’m sure she could have done this on her own, with the easy-write process, but working together, we got it done faster.
Here’s an excellent article, Growing a short story into a novel, it gives you some food for thought:
“When you create a longer work from a short story, youâ€™re not just filling in the holes. Youâ€™re painting the picture on a larger canvas.
The rhythm of a novel is different, the pacing more ample. You have the luxury of spending extended time with the characters so we know more about their history, where theyâ€™re coming from, the deeper complexity of their motivation and actions. What was originally subconscious can leak out a bit more, without of course revealing more than you want to”
Most short stories you write are done — you know they’re done. The story’s complete. There’s nothing else to be said. Other stories however, have the potential to be more. There’s a bigger story there, somewhere.
Share your story with someone — your writing group, a writing, friend, or even a coach. If you feel there’s more to the story, you may well be right.
Tip: leave the story for a month or two. When you come back to it, and if you feel the same way, it’s time to write bigger, and turn your short story into a novel.
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