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    short story to a novel

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by RageAgainst, Feb 6, 2012.

    hey everyone.

    I'm quite an experienced writer. I have just started writing a short story about 8000 words and i do plan on eventually evolving into a full fledged novel when i have the skill to do so. anyway, i was going to submit to a magazine which publishes short storys i dont think it will be accepted. but i think it would be good to see where im at. But if it did get accepted and was published in the magazine would i run into trouble down the track if i turned into a novel and tried to have it published?

    thanks!
     
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    many successful novelists turned their earlier published short stories into novels... there's no reason you can't do the same...

    but 8k is long for a short story... you'll have a much better chance of getting it into print if you keep to down to less than 5k, which is the optimum upper limit for most print venues...
     
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    I second mamma. If I'm not mistaken both Ender's Game and Flowers for Algernon started as published short stories and later became novels. You should have no problem with it. :)
     
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    Hey, Thanks for the advice guys! its going to be hard to strip it down to 5000 words.
    Maybe ill submit it to the sc-fi short story contest on here instead. ill work something out :)
     

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