Short Story or Novel: Deciding Which Format to Write In

Here are the differences between a short story and a novel, to help you decide which format to write in:

Word Counts

Short story: 1,000-7,500 words

Novel: Depends on the genre

Time Spent Reading

Short Story: Single sitting

Novel: Extended period of time

Number of Plots

Short Story: One

Novel: One, main plot, and several subplots

Important Characters

Short Story: One or two characters

Novel: Numerous characters

Time Frame Within the Story

Short Story: Short period of time

Novel: Long period of time


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