They sit in my mind, festering and expanding and often I can elaborate on the initial thought into something with a bit more substance.
The problem I seem to have is knowing exactly how far an idea can be stretched without it being too much (or too little) in terms of word count.
When I’ve been writing pieces for competitions the maximum word count is given so it makes it easier to structure and contain the ideas. However, when ideas just come to me I initially wonder about making them into a short story, but then it runs away from me turning into something potentially longer. I don’t want to start writing too much for any particular story though and pushing it beyond what it’s worth.
Does anyone have any particular method for deciding on the length of their stories? Do you plan to keep it to a certain length or just wing it until you’re happy with the result?
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