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Why Is It More Fun To Write Short Stories Than Novels?

Is it laziness? Short attention span? What? 

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Comment by Shakes on April 4, 2014 at 20:40
For me? Time and ideas. No discipline to plan out the long game. No time to write it if I did. Maybe one day.
Comment by Preston Randall on April 5, 2014 at 0:24
Definitely lack of discipline. And impatience. But also just lack of knowledge and technique. My longest story to date is about 15,000 words and I think I learn a bit more every time I write. A year ago I could only do about 5,000 words... so maybe another couple of years?
Comment by Angie_Fayre on April 5, 2014 at 2:55

For me it's just inexperience. I know I have trouble keeping my short stories confined to their particular word counts, but finding a way to stretch and grow one of my 500 word stories into 50,000 (some 100x more) words? It's an intimidating task. There's more room to make mistakes, to get boring, to dig irreversible plot-holes or trip into pitfalls that come out of nowhere and make no sense. It's more time for doubt to settle in thick and heavy, until I'm literally too afraid to continue. Putting in the work isn't an issue for me--it's just that I'm not at the level where I could make it work yet.

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