Short Stories

Ever wanted to write a short story, but had no idea where to begin? Denise Finn has some wonderful thoughts on this subject in her post today on Story Empire. Maybe her tips will help you get started. Hope you’ll stop by to check it out, and will then pass it along so others can consider the idea, too. Thanks, and thanks to Denise for such a great post! 🙂

Story Empire

Hi SEers! Denise here with a post about something I’ve been enjoying lately, short stories.

When I get an idea in the middle of the night or the shower, I write it down. It can be the first paragraph and then the direction I see it going. Usually, it ends up becoming a book, but not always. Sometimes, I have a short story to write.

short sto·ry

/SHôrt ˈstôrē/


  1. a story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel.

—-Definitions from Oxford Languages

How long is a short story?

These word counts can vary. You need to check guidelines for any site or publisher where you submit work.

Novel: 40,000 words and up, but it is more common for novels to be over 50,000

Novella: 20,000-39,999 words

Novelette: 7500-19,999 words

Short story: 1000-7499 words

Flash fiction: 100-1000 words

Micro-fiction: Under 100 words…

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