Last September, I outlined the first series for a short story based Fantasy universe, Clairvoyance. I am planning to release the first ten short stories one by one when they are all ready. They will form the first “omnibus” of the overall series. Right now, I am working on the second one. One thing I realized is that I stick pretty well to my outlines so far, but the stories turn out shorter than I originally planned.
I thought that each story would be around 7,000 words. So far, it seems that they are closer to 4,000. Thing is, I don’t want to stretch my stories just to meet a word goal. I prefer keeping them tight to the plot and not get lost in wordy rambling. For the first time in 15 years, I am even writing first person to keep closer to my narrator, which has been helping me very much.
I am curious about what my fellow writers think about short stories length. It is my first time writing any. I think it is better to stay true to the given plot, and not worry too much about the final length, but as much fiction writing experience I have, this is still new territory to me!