Finding Your Range

As writers, we love to tell stories. Some are naturally going to be longer than others, but what should be a writer’s focus in their career? Short fiction? Novels? Novellas? All of the above? That’s the question I hope to answer with this blog.

The truth is, some writers write in a different range than others. For example, my book Kingslayer is only 35,000 words, while other writers have books that are over twice that much. The point remains the same: different writers write different stories that are different sizes. So what should you focus on?

Well, it depends. What kinds of stories come more naturally to you? If the answer is that you write longer stories, focus on those. If you write shorter stories instead, focus on those and publish them in anthologies. In the age of digital publishing, there’s no shortage of platforms for what you want to write and how you want to see them in print.

The bottom line is this: some writers work differently than others, so you need to focus on what works best for you.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to reblog and follow. See you guys next time.

–N.L., 2017


Author: napoleonlovecraft

Napoleon Lovecraft is a blogger and author from the suburbs of Maumelle, Arkansas. Born in 1988, Lovecraft is a lover of the fantasy genre. It is his goal to write in as many fantasy subgenres before he kicks the bucket, with stories ranging from short stories to full-length novels. His debut novel, Kingslayer, is expected to be a unique take on the High Fantasy genre, having been told in first person and aided with footnotes, not to mention the fact that it is set in a non-medieval fantasy world. Lovecraft is studying for his BA in both Professional Writing and Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He lives in Greenbrier, Arkansas with his family, where his dog and seven cats keep him in line.

One thought on “Finding Your Range”

  1. I’ve done a few longer projects, nothing great to speak of, and I do like long, full-length projects, and I certainly hope to do more (hopefully something actually good.) But a lot of my work has been with short pieces. I tend to do better with the kind of short pieces that I can write (or even revise as well) all in one sitting. Sometimes I find it difficult to take a break when I’m working on something, and likewise, I find it hard get primed to pick up where I left off, even with some of the longer short pieces I’ve done where, for one reason or another, I’ve had to break up the work into a couple of different sessions.

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