Write Bigger: Turn Your Short Stories Into Novels

Easy Write Process

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, you’re not just filling in the holes. You’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 they’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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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her websites. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.