The Difference Between A Novel And A Short Story


What is the difference between a short story and a novel? 

How long is a short story?

Hemingway famously wrote the six-word story: “For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn.” So a story can be anything from a few lines to twenty thousand or more words. From thirty thousand words, we’re looking at a novella.

Edgar Allen Poe argued that the short story should have a totality and should be long enough to be read in a single sitting. “During the hour of perusal the soul of the reader is at the writer’s control,” he wrote. That’s a great way to measure length, I think.

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  1. Sydney

    A great post. I’m new to writing and have been wondering what to call my incomplete 10000-word plus story.

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