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Guest
Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 1:48:54 AM

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Do you prefer longer or shorter stories (as a rule of thumb and normalizing for quality)...? Mine tend to me longer and more complex, but wondering if most of you gals prefer a shorter and sharper style of prose...
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 9:39:03 AM

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On the rare occasion that I write, I challenge myself to make it as tight as possible without losing anything. Partly as a creative exercise in finding the essentials, but also because I've seen a lot of stories that tread water forever and mistake it for character development.



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It's gonna eat you alive
Nikki703
Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 10:14:28 AM

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It really doesnt matter as long as the story can keep my interest. The only negative (if it really is a negative) I have with long stories is that sometimes they are so hot I get "sidetracked" while reading and I dont finish them in one session. Not that Im complaining!!
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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:34:21 AM

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For me it isn't the length of the story as much as it is the details. I am a writer and I love to write....I was taught by one of my writing teachers a long time ago that your readers are not in your head so they can't picture what you can unless you involve them with all five of the senses. When I write I try to imagine what the taste, smell, texture, sound and look of a particular scene and write all or it down. It makes my stories a bit longer but I have been told by many people that they feel as if they are there...that they actually experience what I write. That is a huge compliment to me because that is what I am striving for and that is also what I like to read. If I feel as if I am in the story then the length doesn't matter!
VirginalViet
Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 9:00:01 PM

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I generally like longer ones.
sprite
Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 9:01:50 PM

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nothing like a good thick meaty story to wrap your... mind around :)
Guest
Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 6:16:32 AM

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sprite wrote:
nothing like a good thick meaty story to wrap your... mind around :)


Haha love the way you described that sprite ;) and i totally agree
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