When you set out to write what came to you, how long should it be? The answer is, it depends. Alhamdullilah, I have written :
- One stand alone flash fiction story and two collection of flash fiction stories.
They are Bionic Romance, and Spin-Off Cité , …Centric : A Collection of Flash Fiction Stories . These can go from the length of a tweet to one thousand words. Don’t buy these three. The price is unreasonably high for a reason. There are set at $200 because there is a paper version of them and to stop eBook abuse. Or you can read them in Eclectic. This collection of flash fiction and short stories has 30,160 words.
- One collection of short stories
This is a collection of several of my short stories including the novelettes Freedom Fighter and Respect The Letters. I have two other novelettes L’Américaine and The Cursed Bride not included in this book.
- One memoir
- Four romantic novels
You can get away with writing around 40,000 words on those. However, my book BLOOM is 119,613 words for the three books; Mistress of the Spices, The Hazardous Life of Nilüfer and Oblivion. Oblivion can be considered a novella since it’s not quite 40,000 words.
The Library Clerk’s e-Shop is about 47,000 words. It includes an extended version of my novelette L’Américaine.
- One Thriller/Suspense
The upcoming The Certified Accountant falls in this category. Books in this genre should be around 80,000 words.
- Several poems
- Three children books
- Some personal narratives
- One Ivorian Cookbook
- One Muslim Journal/Planner/Notebook/Calendar
- One YA Fantasy Series
The Ducktrinors Book 1 and Book 2 . This epic tale is 83,483 words
- One ethnic and epic short story fantasy and one short epic fantasy story.
In conclusion, perhaps in the moment you get inspired with a new story, it’s only a flash fiction, a short story, a novelette, a novella or a novel. It depends on how much “meat” you have on the story that’s nagging you and wants to come to life. Below is a graphic to guide you. It’s taken from here if the question has ever crossed your mind.
I hope this helps. And remember, each story can be extended and fleshed out over the years. It’s up to you to stop or expand the story.
Thanks for reading,