Novels Are More Challenging to Write Than Short Stories

Short stories are wonderful and extremely challenging, and the joy of them–because it only takes me three or four months to write–is that I can take more risks with them. It’s just less of your life invested. That’s great. But the challenge of a nove…

Short stories are wonderful and extremely challenging, and the joy of them--because it only takes me three or four months to write--is that I can take more risks with them. It's just less of your life invested. That's great. But the challenge of a novel is so rewarding--there's so much more you can cram into them. Maybe the metaphor is: With a short story, you're building a table, you have four legs, you're trying to make it as beautiful and as functional as you can. With a novel, you're building not just a table but a whole house--you're building all the furniture inside it. It's more challenging, and then when you finish, it's more rewarding. I do think it's a richer experience.

Carole Burns, Off The Page, 2008 

from http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/