How big is my story?

My brain is already in sleep mode on the heels of a long day that started with a poor night’s sleep. With a promise of doing it all again tomorrow. Fingers crossed for more restful sleep and a smoother day.

When my brain is not closing my eyes in the middle of reading a paragraph, it’s mulling over one of my constant questions and worries about writing. How can I tell if my idea has enough legs to be a novel?

For now, I’m concentrating on writing shorter works. As you know, I’ve been participating in flash fiction writing challenges. I’ve also been working up some ideas that have been skulking about the brain parts for a while. One of those lurkers, though, seems to want to be a longer work.

Anyone have any thoughts about deciding or working out how long a story should be? Currently, while working on the shorter pieces, I’ve been taking notes and writing ideas and fleshing out important points for the hopefully longer story. Part of me wants to just go for it, take what I have and write til the story runs dry. It’s likely to be chalked up to practice in any case. Another part – the fussy, list-making, box-ticking part- wants to have a more systematic approach.

Which leaves me heading to bed, probably taking more notes and sketching more ideas tomorrow, and soliciting your advice. Thoughts?


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