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I Need A Bit Of Advice: Adapting Short Stories

Hello everyone I hope you are doing well!

So I thought I would come on here and and ask for a bit of advice with regards to a short story I just finished.

As I was writing it, I fell in love with the main character, although he is not somebody I would ever wish to encounter in real life. He is a very complex character and the story itself ended up being around 3500 words. However when I finished the first draft, I wasn’t satisfied.

I intentionally left the ending open and there is definite room to expand this story into a book.

That’s where you come in.

I’m not sure whether to keep it as a short story, post it to my blog and call it a day. Or whether I should try to expand it and tell the whole story. Maybe I could even do both?

I’m really not sure.

It’s a very dark story that is quite troubling but the main character is strangely likeable. He seems too good of a character to end his story there.

What do you think?

Please let me know in the comments any advice you may have.

Signed,

Jen X

23 thoughts on “I Need A Bit Of Advice: Adapting Short Stories

  1. Hello Jen,

    I would say both; I use short stories to develop characters for my longer projects all the time. I find it much better than writing out a complex spreadsheet. This way you can have a clear understanding of who the character is. If you are still unsure, try writing a few more short stories staring that character and see how it feels.

    But that’s just what I would do.

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    1. Thank you for your comment!

      I’ve never thought of doing it like that until I wrote this story, all of the characters are so interesting and I think they have a lot more to say.

      Thank you for your advice, I might have to write a few more stories just to make sure!

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  2. The good thing about a blog is that the work is yours to keep. If you post it and like it, good. If you post it and want to add more, that’s fine too. If you want to hold onto it or pass it around to a few trusted people to get their feedback before it’s made public, that’s also just fine. It’s your story; you get to choose.

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    1. You’re right!

      I’m not sure why this is such an issue for me to decide. I think it’s because I’ve never had this issue before.
      Usually when I finish a story I’m content and feel it has been told. But this one doesn’t feel finished. There is so much more to it.

      Thank you for your advice, I am going to let a few people read and it see what they think.

      I will most probably post it here anyway just because I’m proud of it and it is different to anything I’ve posted before

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  3. As a new writer, I don’t have an answer for you. I’ve been writing for less than one year. That being said, I’d like to tell you this. You’re not the only one. I’ve been working on a novel for six months, and hope to finish it before the end of the year. I love my characters, particularly one woman from the story. So much emotion, and so much power. I’m sure you’ll figure it out. I believe that we usually have our answers, somewhere inside of us. Happy writing… Thank You, Joseph

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    1. Well thank you anyway for your lovely words of encouragement!

      I wish you the best of luck with your book and I’m so glad you have a connection to your characters. It’s an interesting feeling when you create people who feel so real and seem to take on a life of their own.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Joseph 😊😊

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  4. I would say that if you feel like his story is unfinished, you should keep writing. Maybe it’s a novel, maybe it’s a novella, or maybe it’s just a long short story. Regardless, I think you should write until you’ve finished telling his story, then worry about categorizing it later. Best of luck!

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    1. Thank you so much.
      I think I’ve decided to share it to my blog rather unedited and then continue to work on it and see where it goes.

      Thank you so much for your comment 😊

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    1. I think I’m going to post it without editing it much aside from grammatical errors and such, and then continue to work on it and see where it takes me!

      Thank you for taking the time to comment!

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      1. You’re welcome Jen. That’s a sign you’re onto a winner. Filmmakers take their short films and turn them into feature length. You could publish the short story as a teaser for the full length story.

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      2. I do hope so I love the characters so much.
        I think that’s what I’m going to do, I’m still editing it but hopefully it all be up soon!

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