Hello everyone, and thank you new followers. I shouldn’t take that for granted of course, so if I haven’t told you lately that I love you, there you go 🙂
So if I may (and let’s face it, I may. My blog my rules!), Allow me to indulge in a question that’s on many people’s mind which is not a life/death scenario, yet intrigues men and women alike. The question of… size… does it matter?
See, from my experience, these things come in all sizes and colors. There are big, thick ones. There are big but thin ones. Small and thick, small and thin. Personally I don’t care, as long as they give me enough pleasure. Of course, there are times when I look at one and say “How the hell am I going to take all this in???”
I’ve heard people say “but it’s too short.” or “It’s too thin”. I’ve heard people complain that it should be bigger. Hell, I even heard people say it should be shorter. Much shorter. But really, what counts? The quality or quantity?
Let me ask you people this then – What do you intend to do with this thing? Well, can you do it regardless of size?
Oh, excuse me just a second.
Just so we’re all on the same page here (pun intended) – we are talking about books here. You knew that, right?
What else did you think I was going on about? Oh, do you kiss your mama with that mouth!?
But I digress.
The answer to this question, at least in my book (notice the crafty word-play…) is shorter than a novel.
Your book should be as long as it takes to give the reader your story from start to end, but no longer than that. Now, putting aside style, editing, and other aspects of writing without which there shouldn’t even be a book to begin with…
- Your plot is complete, from the introduction and through to a satisfactory conclusion.
- Your sub-plot/s have been resolved.
- Your characters, mainly the protagonist and the few other significant ones have gotten the chance to come to life.
- Your story delivered on its premise.
- Your book includes only what is necessary to move your story forward
Well, in that case, does it matter if it took a 100 pages or 1000? Well, putting aside questions like “Who would buy a book with 1000 pages?”
Of course, different genres have some “standards” and you might want to think about these points above if you’re way off.
In other words – “Too short” likely means you didn’t tell your story (not all of it), and “Too long” might mean you either should have stopped writing sooner, or you may want to check for “filler” (Those pages where there are a lot of words but little story).
I’m going to stop this post right here, as to not make it too long. If you think it’s too short, and that I missed something, why don’t you tell me about it right here?
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Thank you all for stopping by. I appreciate it year-round.