Plotter or pantser is a common question among writers, but regardless of how well we plan, both plotter and pantser are likely to come across the problem both I personally and another member of our group experienced this month: what is the right length for this story?
I had a great short story idea for an anthology with a 5,000 word limit. The currently uncompleted draft (70% done) stands at almost 8,000 words.
One of our new members submitted his first piece, and while it was a short work, the table was almost unanimous in saying this short story needed to be a novel, or at the least a series of interconnecting short stories.
Length. Sometimes the idea you have just doesn’t fit the length you originally intended and your job is to decide whether cutting it down or beefing it up is the right thing to do. Will it kill your story, or enrich it? Give it a try – but always remember to keep the original saved somewhere in case the rewrites aren’t as pretty as you imagined.